Thirsk organisation seeking support assistants to boost rural services

A North Yorkshire based organisation is seeking to boost its team of support assistants as it aims to extend its reach and services in and around Hambleton and Richmond.

Disability Action Yorkshire’s Home Care Service, based on Thirsk’s Chapel Street, currently employs more than 30 full and part time assistants, who perform various duties in the homes of clients aiming to lead as independent a life as possible.

These duties range from simple domestic chores, including cleaning and preparing meals, to dressing and bathing and the provision of a personal assistant service.

Disability Action Yorkshire Homecare manager, Lacey Winn, said: “Our aim is to not only extend services we offer, but our reach too.

“And, in order to help us achieve these goals, we need to increase our workforce, particularly in the more rural areas. The majority of the work is concentrated at the beginning of the day and at teatime, so is ideal for someone looking for regular part-time work.

“Qualifications aren’t important. A caring and compassionate nature is what matters the most, and training is given.

“Being a support assistant can be extremely rewarding and for some can be the first step towards a career in nursing.”

Disability Action Yorkshire, which was started in 1937, owns a residential care home on Harrogate’s Claro Road for adults, aged between 18 and 65, with physical disabilities.

It also runs a training centre at its Hornbeam Park headquarters, for disabled adults who are wishing to gain the skills and experience to help them into employment.

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