Midlothian Matters - Staff at heart of care programme

Carr Gomm supports more than 130 people across Midlothian.
Carr Gomm supports more than 130 people across Midlothian.

Carr Gomm is a not-for-profit Scottish charity, supporting people and communities throughout Midlothian and across Scotland, writes Karen White.

Carr Gomm started delivering high quality support in East Lothian in 1998, and this positive impact on people’s lives, based on a person-centred approach, spread into Midlothian in 1999.

Carr Gomm’s imaginative, innovative and transformative approach ensures a positive impact in the lives of people and families working through the challenges of mental ill health, learning disabilities, autism spectrum conditions, frailty due to age, dementia and physical disabilities.

Sean*, a support worker in Midlothian, said: “I like working for Carr Gomm; they are a respectful organisation and are person centred in all aspects of care.”

As a result of this approach, experience and long-standing partnership with Midlothian Council, Carr Gomm has now embarked upon a significant redesign of the way support at home services are delivered to older people.

Andrew Thomson, Carr Gomm’s senior operations manager, imagines a completely transformed system: “This is our opportunity to work with a willing local authority partner in designing a new model of service that is fit for purpose: delivering positive outcomes for people and families, creating a positive career option for workers, and hopefully developing a new approach that becomes an exemplar across Scotland and beyond.”

With an existing team of over 80 staff supporting more than 130 people, Carr Gomm continues to grow and seeks hard working, caring people to join the team. Carr Gomm recognises that the staff team are at the heart of making a positive impact in people’s lives, so there are extensive training and career development opportunities, including the opportunity to undertake SVQs. Victoria*, was keen to share her thoughts on her dedicated staff team: “My support workers are really good and they help me, I like them all!”

For more information and to view current job vacancies, visit www.carrgomm.org or call 0300 666 3030.

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