Care jobs boost for Midlothian

Care worker Kelly Barclay

Care worker Kelly Barclay

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Mears is embarking on a major recruitment drive with 30 new positions to be filled in Midlothian, particularly Penicuik and Loanhead.

The home care provider provides services for people who require extra support to help them continue living in familiar surroundings and in comfort at home. The company supports people of all ages, including those with complex conditions such as dementia or a learning disability, or those just needing a little bit of extra help.

This recruitment campaign is part of the company’s continued expansion across Edinburgh and the Lothians which will create 120 jobs.

Russell Meddins, Service Manager for Mears in Midlothian, said: “Our employees come from all backgrounds and previous careers and many have found a huge change in their own quality of life when they’ve come to work in this sector from elsewhere. There is enormous job satisfaction from working so closely with people and enabling them to live in their own homes as independently as possible.

“We offer very flexible working patterns so there are opportunities for part-time and shift work as well as full-time positions.

“We need both male and female employees and would encourage more people of either gender in Midlothian to consider a career in care.”

Support workers range widely in age, from 18 over 65, and come from all walks of life. Care is generally provided on a one-to-one basis, supporting people with some of the everyday tasks we all take for granted, such as bathing, domestic chores and cooking meals.

Kelly Barclay (35), lives in Bonnyrigg and joined Mears earlier this year when it acquired the company she worked for previously.

She said: “I love the fact that this job is so varied – I work with people aged from 16 to 99, so every house is different and everyone’s needs are different.

I’ve also realised how much difference I can make. Helping people to have a better quality of life is fantastic and I get great satisfaction from helping them to remain in their own homes rather than in residential care.”

Recent figures show that more than four million people over the age of 65 in the UK – around one in two - have some sort of care need.

By 2037, the number of people in Scotland aged over 70 will increase by 50 per cent and the number of those over 75 will increase by 80 per cent.

Interested in working for Mears in Midlothian? Call 0131 334 2356 for further information.