Giving a much-needed boost to the local economy, 50 new job openings have been created following a £6 million contract between Townfield Care and Lancashire County Council over the next four years.
Townfield Care, renowned for their quality of service in the care industry, are passionate about improving the perception of a support worker and developing better contracts for their employees.
The 50 new jobs will cover the increase for Townfield Care to 135,000 hours a year for care work throughout the local area. Townfield Care will stabilise and improve conditions for homecare workers and are also moving towards providing a living wage for employees. This ideal is one step closer through the new contract, which is providing a guarantee of working hours.
John Timmins, Director of Townfield Care, said: “We are committed to improving the contracts of our home care support workers, we want to give our staff job security and in turn this means keeping our standard of care high. Our aim is to improve quality of life through our services, creating personalised care plans that take into account the needs of the individual.”
Currently there are over 30 care providers in the area, which has meant continuity and quality of service is not assured. Lancashire County Council are working to consolidate and improve services which has led to Townfield Care being handed the opportunity to expand. With over 35 years’ experience, plus being a family run company, they are in an ideal position to make a real difference in the community, through providing new job opportunities and maintaining their high quality of service.
Working closely with Accrington and Rossendale College, who offer courses in Healthcare support, Townfield Care are opening their doors to applicants primarily in the Rossendale area. They are also happy to receive applications from Hyndburn and Ribble Valley areas. Their apprenticeship route means employees can gain qualifications and study whilst earning a wage and gaining experience with a company who are focused on quality.
Charlotte Scheffmann, Assistant Principal of Accrington and Rossendale College, said: “We are delighted to be working with John and his team at Townfield Care. It has opened doors for so many of our students. Our newer students can gain real work experience, whilst our more established are able to get jobs that fit around study. The apprenticeship roles are also really exciting as it means the students will be learning with some of the best in the industry.”
Townfield Care specialise in residential care, home care and dementia care whilst also recently opening a mobility shop in Hyndburn.