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Be the reason elderly and vulnerable adults feel safe and cared for

Could you or someone you know be the reason others are able to feel safe and cared for?

Be The Reason

Essex County Council and Uttlesford District Council are asking residents to consider working in the care sector to help fill the high number of vacancies and improve the lives of elderly and vulnerable people.

A series of jobs fairs - including on Saturday, 18 March in Saffron Walden and on Saturday, 25 March in Great Dunmow - will give job seekers the chance to meet local employers and find out about current vacancies and the rewards of caring for others. They can apply and have an informal interview on the day and can find out about training, apprenticeships and one-to-one support.

For details and bookings see

The job fairs and 'be the reason...' message are part of The Gift of Care campaign launched last year to change the perception of working in social care and reduce the recruitment shortfall.

The campaign is led by Essex County Council working with boroughs, districts and care providers.

More than 450 vacancies are advertised each month by the county's 1,300 care providers, and demand for care is growing as our older population increases.

There are all sorts of roles: cleaners, caterers, carers, nurses, care planners, service managers and specialists like social workers and therapists.

Full time, part time and flexible roles that could fit around other commitments are available.

To help employers Essex County Council is covering the costs of DBS (criminal records) checks on all new recruits employed through the campaign and funding the jobs fairs and promotion.

Cllr Dick Madden, Essex County Council's Cabinet Member for Adults and Children said: "Often a care worker is the only reason an elderly or vulnerable person is able to get up, go out or have a chat or a laugh each day. Care organisations and individuals are doing wonderful work but there is a skills shortage across the county.

"Employers need more caring and compassionate people to join them to provide the care our elderly and vulnerable residents need."

Gift of Care Jobs Fairs are on:

  • Monday, 6 March, 10am to 2pm, at Maldon District Council Offices, Princes Road, Maldon, CM9 5DL
  • Saturday, 11 March, 9am to 12 noon, at Braintree Town Hall, Fairfield Road, Braintree, CM7 3YG
  • Saturday, 18 March, 9am to 12 noon, at The Courtroom, Saffron Walden Town Hall, Market Place, Saffron Walden, CB10 1HR
  • Saturday 25 March, 9.30am to 12.30pm at the United Reformed Church Hall, Great Dunmow, CM6 1BH
  • Thursday 30 March, 10am to 2pm at The Princes Theatre, Town Hall, Clacton,CO15 1SE

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