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Coronavirus stories

Stories from our care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Care worker Jess

Jessica Williams, Care Worker, The Leys

“I applied for this role because I saw the advert on Facebook and I saw how in need of help the sector was due to the COVID pandemic. And I felt like I could do this and help people who was in need. I found the video interview and pre-employment process very easy and quick.

"The training I had was very effective and helped me feel confident in working in care which I had never done before.

"Everyone in the Ley’s has been so helpful and supportive in helping me get to where I am and feel confident working on my own.

I would recommend people to work in care. This is because it makes you feel like you are doing something for good. Helping people and working hard at the same time.”

Daunta Trueman, Care Worker, Beechcroft

“I had already worked at Beechcroft through my previous job with a care agency and really enjoyed working there, so when the manager told me they were looking for care workers on flexible, relief contracts I applied straight away. It was simple to apply and I found the application form was easy and quick to complete. I had my interview over the phone and the whole process was fast. Everyone was friendly, helpful and encouraging.

"The care worker training was really well thought out. A few of us had started at the same time at different care homes in the area, so we all went to a local venue for block training over 2 days. I found this approach really helpful and the training team really supported us. The team had also carefully planned how to deliver the training to make sure we all kept a safe distance from one another.

"Beechcroft is one of the best care homes I’ve worked in. The manager and the team are great with communication and everyone is really friendly and supportive. We’ve always had plenty of PPE and been shown how to use it properly, so I’ve always felt safe.

"Having a contract with flexible hours has helped me balance my home / work life during the pandemic but I’ve now decided I’d also like to apply for a fixed hour contract at Beechcroft as I’m enjoying it so much.”

Tiya Bamford, Care Worker, Beechcroft

“I was looking for extra work when I saw the advert for care workers on the Derbyshire County Council website so thought I’d apply. The flexible contract works for me as I also have another job.

"I found the recruitment process very easy and fast moving which was great. Interviews in person can make me really anxious so having the interview over Skype suited me perfectly and was much easier.

"I love working at Beechcroft and my manager, Julie, is very supportive. I got a thorough induction over a few days which helped me settle in well.

"The care worker training was really good and I’ve recently finished my moving and handling training which means I can safely support residents to transfer. My training mentor, Stuart, is great and keeps me up to date with things via email which I find an easier form of communication, rather than meeting in person.

“I would 100% recommend a career in care work. I was scared at first but my confidence has grown since working at Beechcroft – I love it! All the staff have been lovely and the residents are so nice.”

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