THREE members of staff from an award-winning care provider in Bangor have received £150 each from their employers as part of its recommend a friend scheme (September, 2017).
Jasmin Jones, Ffion Jones and Margaret Ellis, who all work as carers for Abacare, recommended their friends to the company for employment in return for the cash award.
Margaret said: “The recommend a friend scheme is a fantastic incentive for current staff and I didn’t hesitate to recommend my friend, Ffion, who was looking for a job. She hadn’t considered working in care before but I told her how rewarding and enjoyable it was and she has fit into the team really well.”
The recommend a friend scheme was launched by Abacare in 2014. It encourages current employees to recommend one of their friends to join the team.
That person must stay with the company for more than six months before the incentive is paid out.
Jasmin said: “I’m thrilled to have received a cash reward for recommending my friend to join the Abacare team. It will be a huge help for me towards a holiday for myself and my son.”
Abacare operates a professional Care Management Team that is committed to providing high quality care to individuals in their own homes.
The large team of trained, specialist, care workers provide positive based outcomes and person centred care to people throughout Wales.
Ffion Evans, Registered Manager at Abacare, said: “We’re thrilled to have been able to award Jasmin, Ffion and Margaret with £150 each from our refer a friend scheme.
“This is just one of the many ways we reward our committed carers and it has become extremely popular as most of our staff have a friend or family member who is in need of employment. We really value referrals from our existing care staff as they know exactly what qualities we’re looking for in a carer and they have experience in the industry so know we need committed and passionate people.
“It’s hugely beneficial for anyone joining us on the back of a referral from an existing employee as they will already know a friendly face and could go on to undertake training, qualifications and carve a real career for themselves off the back of the recommendation.”
Abacare provides all its employees with a comprehensive training schedule, which includes a company induction, dementia awareness, enablement, first aid, health and safety, food safety, infection control, medication, person centred care and moving and handling service users.
It also offers the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF), formerly known as National Vocational Qualifications, to all team members who show commitment, reliability and passion.
Abacare’s core values, instilled into every staff member, include ‘make us proud’, ‘focus on our service users’ wellbeing’, ‘communicate, listen well and speak with respect’, ‘be passionate, honest, caring and considerate’, ‘recruit and develop the very best’ and ‘lead by example’.
It believes it offers inspiring work for inspirational people.
It is a member of the United Kingdom Homecare Association, Ceretas (formerly British Association of Domiciliary Care), The National Homecare Council and The Information Commissioners Office (Data Protection). It is also registered with the Care Social Services Inspectorate Wales.
Abacare has been awarded an Investors in People accolade for its staff training and development for the fourth year running.
Investors in People is a national standard, which provides a framework that helps organisations to improve performance and realise objectives through the effective management and development of their staff.
It was also named Britain’s ‘Most Outstanding Care Agency’ at the UK Over 50s Housing Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
For more information about Abacare, please call the Bangor office on 01248 677919 or visit www.abacare.org.uk. Alternatively, please follow the company on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/Yn4zmS or on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/visitabacare.
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