Simon Rees from SCA Care, which is part of our organisation, wants more men to become professional carers and to defy the stereotype that the role is not suitable for them.
Simon has worked as a care worker with SCA Care since June 2021 and says: “Being a care worker makes me very proud. I love my work, and it gives me a feeling of great accomplishment when I think about the difference I am making to someone’s life.”
Having a positive impact
“Knowing that what you do can put a smile on someone’s face is a great part of the job. As a carer you can have a positive impact on the people you support and you can make someone’s life better every day.”
“Gender doesn’t matter when it comes to caring, there are many men who perform caring roles with amazing kindness and compassion. We want to encourage others to become carers and break away from the stereotype that caring is just something men don’t do.”
High quality care
SCA Care an amazing network of carers who are committed to providing high quality care to individuals in their own homes. Though it is well able to cope with the number of service users it already assists, there has been a growing demand from those seeking help and it is keen to provide the support needed, so has vacancies for 50 new carers.
Ricky Rossiter, our Director of Integrated Services, who started his career as a carer, says: “Simon is a very important member of our team and we’re thrilled that he is encouraging other men to join the care sector.
“He is keen to speak about the role that he plays in our team and is an advocate for male carers in Southampton. Simon is a kind and caring individual who is a real asset. He is well-liked by our service users and always gives his all.”
Work with us
Our care teams want to hear from others like Simon, who are considering making a career for themselves in the care industry and would like to find out more.
New recruits at SCA Care are given their birthday off as a paid day’s leave, free uniforms, free training, PPE and all the equipment they need to make their calls. They also receive above average rates of pay, £10.50 per hour, as well as 30 days paid holiday inclusive of bank holidays, paid mileage and payment for any time someone spends travelling to and between calls.
No experience needed
No experience is necessary to become a carer, as we cover all the costs of DBS checks and training for staff who remain with us after their probationary period and pay staff to attend training sessions. We offer new recruits an induction and on-boarding programme, as well as buddying-up with other experienced team members, and we train staff to an industry standard with all employees completing a Care Certificate. We also offer flexible working hours, both full and part-time, plus competitive wages and a generous holiday allocation, including giving an additional free day for a team member’s birthday.
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