Carers across the UK provide an enormous contribution to society in a variety of settings and circumstances. Guild Care, Worthing’s leading social care charity, is supporting Carers Week 2024 which runs from 10th to 16th June, recognising those with caring responsibilities and just how important caring is within our communities.

Jules Rendall of Guild Care highlights the charity’s many carers who are trained in the skills required to care professionally for those in need. 

She explains, “We provide a significant amount of training to enable people to care to the best of their abilities. It’s important to recognise the challenges and skills that the role entails and how teamwork and regular support can make a huge difference.”

At Guild Care, all new starters in care attend an in-person training day followed by eLearning over their initial months in a variety of topics such as health and safety. An initial induction day is followed by shifts working alongside another experienced carer. Those joining with less experience in care are encouraged to complete the Care Certificate as their first care qualification.

Additional training, such as diabetes management or the use of epi-pens, is provided to carers working in Home Care or with Guild Care’s learning disabilities day centres. Annual training updates cover manual handling, safeguarding, infection control, fire safety and basic life support. 

Jules adds, “We encourage qualifications in care to enhance safety, skills, and confidence. Many of our sponsored staff are currently working on their Level 3 in Adult Care. Other programmes in our three different care homes include an interesting Relationship Experience programme and the outstanding ‘I’m Still Me’ dementia programme which gives people a sense of living with dementia.”

Guild Care supports more than 3,000 people each year through its diverse range of community services, home care services and three care homes. Established over 90 years ago, the charity supports older people, people living with dementia and people with learning disabilities. Guild Care’s vision is for all people in need of care to live fulfilling, safe and secure lives.

“A career in care can be extremely rewarding especially with support to keep learning, to progress and to care in a safe & effective way,” said Jules. “I’m really proud of the training that Guild Care offers and the opportunities for people to develop in their careers here, as individuals and part of the team. Caring an incredibly important role and we value our carers and their careers highly.”

Opportunities to join Guild Care are listed here: Work with us (guildcare.org).

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