A CARE provider in Powys will next year (2017) be celebrating three years of successfully delivering the main care contract in the county.
Abacare, which won the contract to provide care services for Powys County Council in 2014, has two offices in the area in Newtown and Ystradgynlais and employs 1,000 people across Wales. It is still expanding its team to help care for the elderly and vulnerable across Wales.
Peter Angelides, CEO of the multi award-winning Abacare, which has recently been named Britain’s ‘Most Outstanding Care Agency’ for the third year running, said: “It has been an extremely successful three years since we took on the main care contract for Powys County Council. We have continued to grow in the region and as well as our North Powys office, we opened another in South Powys.
“Our dedicated staff continue to deliver a very high standard of care through their effective in-house training and supervisions. As a result of the growth and the large amount of hours we have been asked to provide care for by the council we are looking for a further 25 staff in the area.
“Anyone who joins us can reach QCF level 2, 3 and 5 with our support and we’re urging anyone thinking of changing their job, or getting back into the work force again, to get in touch as soon as possible and not to miss out on this fantastic career opportunity.”
Abacare, which will be celebrating its three years officially in April, provides all staff with full training and shadowing before they start, and they have additional, on the job support from the team 24/7.
They are given free uniforms, access to a staff scooter scheme for those needing transport and a national staff discount scheme for all major brands as well as 28 days paid holiday, paid travel between calls and paid mileage.
Peter added: “We have jobs available in the area now with immediate start, no experience necessary just a willingness to care and to learn. Our company induction includes first aid, dementia awareness, health and safety, food safety, infection control, handling medication and moving and handling service users.
“There are lots of opportunities for internal advancement for all our team members who show commitment, reliability and true passion. We provide a great support network for all of our carers too.
“If you work for us you can earn up to £500 per week, are paid travel time and mileage between calls and, subject to terms and conditions, can work the hours that suit you, whether you want a contract that’s zero hours, 16, 24 or 30. Flexibility is key and we can offer work at weekends, in evenings and have both part and full-time vacancies available.”
Anyone interested in joining the team can call 01686 625644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, they can visit www.abacare.org.uk.
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.
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 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 01686 625 644 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.
A NORTH Somerset pub is backing the police’s annual Christmas and New Year drink drive crackdown by offering revellers a free bus ride during the festivities (December, 2016).
The White Hart in Weston In Gordano is inviting people who come in for an evening meal, Christmas lunch or to its New Year’s Eve party the chance to leave their cars at home.
Mike Yeatman, who co-owns the pub and restaurant, which also includes a patisserie, with his wife Chris, said: “We’re keen to back the Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s annual Christmas and New Year drink and drug driving road safety campaign, Operation Tonic and are laying on a complimentary minibus for our customers to ensure they get home safely after spending time here at the pub or in our restaurant.
“The service, which offers local lifts back to central Portishead and Clevedon, is also available to customers at our tapas bar and restaurant, Venga in Portishead and we’ve called it the Venga bus, which people love!
“This is the second year we’ve run the service from the pub and in 2015 lots of people asked us if they could make a donation to our chosen charity in return for the free ride. We thought this was a great idea, so this year anyone who has a trip in our minibus can, if they wish, make a donation of any size to our chosen Christmas charity Changes Bristol.”
Changes Bristol runs 10 weekly mental health peer support meetings in Bristol. The service gives people suffering from mental health issues a place to talk about their feelings and the platform to take steps towards improving their lives.
Each of the meetings is run through the kindness of volunteers and users do not require a referral from their GP to attend.
Alison McDougall, Vice Chair and Trustee at Changes Bristol, said: “We’re incredibly grateful for the support and generosity we’re receiving from The White Hart. Donations like these go such a long way to ensuring that we can continue our mental health services, which so many rely on, especially at this time of year.
“As we’re a small charity, and in this current climate, it is increasingly difficult to receive any type of funding. We’d like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to those who make a donation this Christmas and we hope everyone has a festive season full of positivity and excellent mental health!”
As one in six adults in England suffer from a common mental health disorder, and are more likely to use community services, Changes Bristol has become increasingly essential in the areas where it operates.
Chris and Mike took on and renovated The White Hart in 2015 after it had been closed for two years.
Chris explained: “It was once a good village local. Sadly, for 10 years it suffered neglect. Gradually its custom ebbed away. In January 2013, it closed its doors and was empty for the next two years.
“We took the site on as a wreck in 2015 and have since invested significantly in the building and the business, and have now created a ‘destination’ or ‘go to’ food pub serving the three towns we sit between, as well as holiday travellers seeking refuge from M5 motorway queues. We are also ardent supporters of the local community and hopefully have helped rekindle some of that fondness people had for the pub.”
Chris and Mike, who also own and run the tapas bar and restaurant Venga in Portishead, and their 30-strong team wanted to create a unique experience for visitors and diners and have developed a unique, outside garden area that includes a large central tepee with fire pit, a rum shack and an open-air pizzeria kitchen.
For more information, please call The White Hart, which is on Clevedon Road in Weston In Gordano, on 01275 818702 or visit www.whitehartwig.com. Changes Bristol, which is based at Lawrence Hill in Bristol, please visit www.changesbristol.org.uk.
Pinterest has been quietly working its way up the social media hierarchy. The pinboard-style, photo sharing platform allows you to create collections of images and videos based on different themes.
Pinterest is all about thinking visually and it can contribute to the way potential clients see your business. Your pinned photographs can tell your stories and create great exposure and a buzz around your products.
Why not pin newsworthy images and encourage your followers to let you know their thoughts and opinions, while linking them back to a full blog post about it or to your website.
Pinterest is a great tool for giving some personality to your business. Share ‘behind the scenes’ photographs from the office/shop floor or document events for the whole world to see. Encourage employees and clients to re-pin your images and help spread the word about your business.
Adding a ‘pin it’ button to your website or blog allows people to share their favourite posts/pictures with the rest of the world, helping to spread your message further.
While it’s certainly no Twitter or Facebook, it is important for businesses to invest some time in Pinterest.
We’ve just completed a series of social media blogs. If you have missed either of the previous ones on Twitter or Facebook, please click here .
While you don’t want to promote your competitors, it is important you share links and posts that you have found interesting and helpful. You never know, they may return the favour.
Wordy status after wordy status can get a bit boring. Why not brighten up your posts with a variety of images? Facebook allows you to attach an image to any status update and create photograph albums, so there’s really no excuse.
What’s better than an image? A moving image. Video content is becoming increasingly popular so if you’ve found a video you thought was interesting, why not share it? It’s also a good idea to share videos you’ve created so people can see what you’re all about.
Sharing facts and tips on Facebook is a great way to get people interacting with you. Why not share a little unknown fact about the business or a certain product? Interesting statuses get people talking.
There’s nothing worse than plastering your Facebook page with lengthy links. Use a URL shortener such as www.bit.ly to cut down your links and make them more user friendly.
Drop in again here tomorrow for our blog on Pinterest and if you missed yesterday’s blog about Twitter, please click here.
Porcupine PR team