The dedicated armies of people working in care can now put a new goal in their sights – by turning care into a career.
That’s the belief of Linda Shields, Registered Manager of care charity Caring Connections, who speaks from experience.
A former front line Domiciliary Care Support Worker, Linda has worked her way up the ranks to be in charge of a team of 40 care staff supporting more than 60 service users in Knowsley. Her job organising the team, its workload and training, provides a lifeline to some of the most vulnerable people in the community.
Caring Connections are now part of the I Care…Ambassadors team! This is great news for us, as it allows us to take step forwards in the care sector.
Caring Connections is a registered charity with over 25 years’ experience of supporting the local community.
As an organisation we specialise in the provision of home care support services to local residents, providing quality care to improve quality of life and reduce levels of social isolation.
We currently employ 60 local residents all provided with the highest standards of training and support.
As a charity we provide a number of social engagement projects including bereavement support services, post suicide family services, dementia groups and much more.
On Thursday Paul and Linda attended the Knowsley Business Awards 2017. The organisation was shortlisted for the prestigious Small / Medium Enterprise of the Year Award. The event was held at Knowsley Safari Park with over 650 business members in attendance.
Unfortunately the organisation were runners up in this category but it was a massive accolade to be shortlisted for such an award.
Caring Connections have kindly received funding through the Knowsley Social care Fund to start the New Beginnings group.
The New Beginnings group is a social group for individuals who have been socially isolated in the Knowsley community. The group is aiming to target anyone who has been bereaved, been in a caring role or who generally wants to make new friends and engage in new activities.
New Beginnings is a social group and is focussed on building new social circles and supporting people to get back in the local community.
The group will be community led and will be on once per month with regular trips / activities being planned.