The Festival of Care will take place online on Wednesday 31 March. A partnership between the authorities, the virtual festival will offer people the chance to learn about what it is like to work in the care sector and ask any questions they may have.
The all-day event will start with a morning session specifically for schools and colleges from 9.45am to 12.15pm and then an afternoon session open to the general public from 12.45 to 3.15pm.
A host of speakers will be on hand to provide an insight into care work. Attendees will get to hear first-hand from people working within industry, about the different careers available across the region, including full-time, part-time, flexible hours and apprenticeship opportunities, as well as temporary roles for students.
Cllr Mike Bell, Deputy Leader of North Somerset Council and Executive Member with responsibility for Adult Social Care, said: “The pandemic has shown, more than ever, what a vital role our care workers play in supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our North Somerset communities.
“A career in care is hard work and can be challenging but it’s also incredibly rewarding. Every single day carers make a real difference to the lives of people they’re working with, helping people live as independently as possible for as long as possible.
“I’d really encourage anyone interested in finding out more about working in care to take part in the virtual festival and find out what care work is really like. Whether you’re about to leave school or college, looking to return to work after a break, seeking regular work, or if the pandemic has made you think about what is important to you, working in the care sector could be for you.”
Cllr Helen Holland, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care for Bristol City Council, said: “Working in care can be an extremely rewarding career and a great option for anyone who thrives on social interaction, loves working with people and wants to truly make a difference to others’ lives.
“The Festival of Care offers a fantastic opportunity to find out more about working in care and the opportunities available. The coronavirus pandemic has shone a light on how integral our care workforce is and I strongly encourage those interested in working in the industry to come along (virtually!) and learn about the many benefits of a career in care.”
South Gloucestershire Council's Cabinet Member for Adults and Health Cllr Ben Stokes said: “Come along to our Festival of Care on Wednesday 31 March to find out about the rewarding roles available across the health and social care sector.
“Our local care providers are highly valued as an integral part of our health and social care system. They’re looking for skills such as patience, problem solving, communication, listening and kindness in candidates who may not have worked in care before, but have picked up transferable skills from another industry. If those sound like the values you hold dear, or you are just starting on your career journey, then please join the event to hear from local providers about the types of roles available and what it’s like working in care. This is a must attend event if you are considering a career in health and care.”
You can find more information and book your free space for the virtual festival by going to http://bit.ly/FestivalOfCareSchoolsColleges for the schools and colleges session or http://bit.ly/FestivalOfCare for the public session.