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Care bosses say ‘You Can Care’

Care Manager Sophie Cammaerts and CAREGivers Faye Donoghue with office dogs Megan and Darcy

[L]ocal care bosses, Judy and Will Clay, are taking part in a national campaign, ‘You Can Care’, to address the shortage of care workers.

Judy and Will, who own and run the South Lakes office of Home Instead Senior Care, will be raising awareness, banishing pre-conceived ideas of what caring is all about, as well as informing people just how rewarding working in care can be.

The first event to take place supporting the campaign is an open day, which is being held at the Home Instead Office at Meadowbank House, Meadowbank Business Park, Shap Road in Kendal on Thursday, 29th March 2018, from 12pm – 2.30pm.

Local Westmorland and Lonsdale MP, Tim Farron, will be attending the event and everyone is welcome.

MP Tim Farron, accompanied by the Leader of South Lakeland District Council, Giles Archibald, both supporting the you can care campaign

The open day will give members of the public the chance to meet the team, have a chat, and to find out more about the unique services and employment opportunities there are within the award-winning home care company.

According to Skills for Care, the strategic body for workforce development in adult social care in England, there are approximately 90,000 vacancies in the social care sector at any given time.

Our ageing population has created a huge requirement for care services and Judy reports that the national picture is reflected here in the local area. Home Instead, who specialise in care for older people in their own homes, is hoping to fill 50 jobs in 2018 in order to keep pace with demand.

Speaking about the campaign launch, Judy said, “We are looking forward to welcoming members of the public to our office at the end of the month. The support from our local MP has been terrific since we opened earlier this year and it is fantastic he is making time out of his busy schedule to join us for our open day and official opening ceremony.”

Judy continued, “Being a CAREGiver can be a wonderfully rewarding career for compassionate people and the new ‘You Can Care’ campaign will champion all the positive aspects of care.”

The hashtag #youcancare has been created to support the campaign. As well as sharing positive stories, the company will also be offering tips, advice and support for the hundreds of people caring for family members in the local area.

For more information about Home Instead and the planned open day, call 01539 267220 or visit You can also find information on the campaign if you search #youcancare on Facebook and Twitter.

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