Fundraising is music to Dalkeith firm’s ears

Pensioner Mr Barrow helps staff at the Midlothian office of Mears to raise money for Macmillan Cancer by playing the banjo.

Pensioner Mr Barrow helps staff at the Midlothian office of Mears to raise money for Macmillan Cancer by playing the banjo.

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The team at the Midlothian office of Mears Care at Home showed how much they cared when they raised over £178 for Macmillan Cancer in the Macmillan Bake event.

One of the gentlemen they look after, Mr Barrow, who is aged 70 and registered blind, helped with the entertainment playing tunes on his banjo!

Meantime, this leading provider of care at home and support services is embarking on a recruitment drive for more care workers as a demand grows in Midlothian.

“We are looking for new staff for 10 positions in Newtongrange, Mayfield, Easthouses, Gorebridge, Pathhead and rural areas,” said local manager Amanda Wilson. “Our Care at Home services enable people to live at home with a bit of extra help for as long as they can.”

She added: “Our employees in care work, come from all backgrounds and previous careers. They enjoy working flexible hours and in a role where you are supporting other people and contributing to their improved quality of life. Some have changed career and come in to caring at home from a very different job elsewhere, and realised a big change in their own quality of life caring for others. There is enormous job satisfaction from working so closely with people and knowing that your own personal input makes a real difference.”

Ten care workers positions are available for full or part time candidates, with or without experience, as full training is given. These positions offer very flexible hours, working evenings, weekends and some week day hours. (Car drivers preferable but not essential)

Mears provides services to people who require extra support to help them continue living in familiar surroundings and in comfort at home. It assists individuals of all ages, but particularly elderly and disabled people, individuals with learning disabilities, people with mental health problems, or those just needing a little bit of extra help at home.

The jobs are available immediately, due to a growing level of work. The company’s trained support workers help people with a variety of everyday tasks we take for granted, such as bathing, shopping, cooking and cleaning. And the focus is also about helping individuals to get out and about within their local community, whether it’s a trip to the library, a swim at the local pool, a visit to the hairdresser, or simply going for a walk or shopping.

As well as working on contract to local authorities, the company’s services are also provided on a private basis to those who want to augment the care they receive through the council, or have other requirements for support.

Anyone interested in working for Mears in Edinburgh and Midlothian call Vivienne Glew on 0333 321 1909.