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Mums and Dads invited to health and social care recruitment event

30th Sep 2019

Mums and dads who have been out of the jobs market for a long time are being invited to come to a special event in Norwich to find out about opportunities in health and care.

It’s being run in partnership with GetMeOutTheFourWalls, a local charity that supports parents and carers by organising social meets to get them out of the house and interacting with other people in similar situations.

The information session is being held at the Kastle Kids Unit within Castle Mall in Norwich on Wednesday 9th October between 10.30am and 1pm.

There will be information on the skills needed for employment within health and care, apprenticeships, how to apply for jobs and how to find work in the health and care sector. This will also provide an opportunity for local health and care employers to understand the types of roles and flexible working arrangements people are looking for to suit their individual needs.

People will be encouraged to think about work experience, volunteering, traineeships and flexible working to suit the family. There will also be a strong focus on the benefits of having a routine through getting back into work for people’s health and wellbeing.

There is a particular invitation for anyone who has been out of the job market for a while because they have been at home with the kids, or for anyone who has found looking after the little ones socially isolating.

Alan Holland, CEO of Get Me Out The Four Walls, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the NHS for this important opportunity for our local parents and carers. It can be incredibly difficult for parents to re-enter the workplace, and by offering opportunities such as this, we hope to support our community in a new and exciting way.”

Get Me Out The Four Walls was created to ensure that no mother, father or carer feels alone and isolated at home after the birth of their children. By creating informal social meets they aim to give as many people the opportunity to escape their house and meet others which they believe helps prevent parental mental illnesses such as postnatal depression, and helps aid stabilisation of mental health.

They also strive to support parents who are struggling with a mental illness by offering 1 to 1 peer support and social meets.

The health and care workforce event is being organised jointly with the Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership (STP), which is made up of local NHS, wider health and social care organisations, voluntary sector and county councils working together.

The STP Director of Workforce, Anna Morgan, said: “Our future workforce depends on our ability to recruit people with the right values, people that want to care and make a difference to people’s lives when they are at their most vulnerable. Parents of children of any age are ideal for health and care careers as they have gained many important skills and experience as a result of being a parent which transfer well into caring roles.”

For further information about the event on October 9th, please contact: info [at] getmeout.org.uk

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