Abacare calls on drivers to lend their wheels during bad weather

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We’re asking owners of 4x4s and other off road vehicles to volunteer their time and wheels to assisting carers on their routes during bad weather (February, 2018).

Carers visiting the elderly and vulnerable in remote parts of the country can find it very tricky on foot or in their own cars during bad weather, especially heavy snow, and is calling for volunteers to help.

We recently experienced heavy snow and there looks like more to come this week (Tuesday, February 6, 2018), which made it very tricky for our carers to get to our service users using their normal vehicles as they aren’t made for such conditions.

“Luckily, we had some very helpful offers from people in the community who were able to drive our carers around the area to ensure that all our elderly and vulnerable service users were cared for, however we are always expanding the areas we provide care in and it would be great to have a list of volunteers we could call on should the weather become too difficult.

“Anyone who owns a 4×4 or other off-road vehicle and can potentially offer their time during future spells of bad weather in the Newtown area can get in touch with Sam Evans via 01686 625644, Ffion Evans in the Bangor area via 01248 677 919, Sarah Williams in the Rhondda Cynon Taf area via 01443 742645 and Joe Jenkins in the Ystradgynlais area via 01639 844155, with their details and we will call on them should we need help. Of course people are not obliged to help and if the day or time is not good for them, that is not a problem, and they can be removed from the list at any time.

“Wales is a beautiful country but bad weather, especially snow, can make getting about very tricky, however we will always do everything in our power to get to all of our service users and provide the care they need.

“Winter is our busiest time of the year and we’re also looking for caring, honest and reliable people to join our award-winning team and provide care to our service users across the country.

“No experience is necessary to become a carer as we offer free, full training, which includes a company induction, first aid, information on dementia, health and safety, food safety, infection control, handling medication and moving and handling service users, with the opportunity to achieve Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) after the initial six months probationary period.

“New recruits are given free uniforms, access to national staff discount scheme for all major brands as well as 28 days paid holiday, paid travel between calls and paid mileage.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is looking for a career or someone who just fancies a bit of a change. Being a carer is an extremely rewarding job and you get to meet lots of wonderful people too.

“We’re also offering FaceTime or Skype interviews to candidates in order to meet the demands of the modern jobseeker. Our view is that busy people wanting a career change can ‘meet’ us via FaceTime or similar applications and find out about the roles we have to offer, as well as meet a couple of team members and, if they are about, also say ‘hello’ to a carer too.”

Anyone interested in joining our team should get in touch.