IntroductionI read an article recently that suggests that there are three things that you want from employment: career, community and cause. The article was based upon surveys conducted amongst staff employed by Facebook; however, it is my view that the survey results will apply pretty much generally. Certainly at Caremark Thanet we offer each of these things.
Career: You Are Never Just a CarerFor people with talent and ambition we offer some of the most fantastic opportunities in domiciliary care: And these opportunities involve careers not just jobs. When you work for us you are not just a carer; you are one of the most important people in our business.
|Carers receiving their certificates|
Our ethos "We believe that our customers are the most important people for our business; that our care and support workers are the most important people in our business; that a socially responsible business is most important for everyone. We are part of the service sector."
We have some incredible training and progression opportunities. We have people studying courses that range from short online courses up to level 5 management qualifications. We are extremely proud of the fact that most of our management team are internal appointments.
We believe in communities; in the Thanet community and the wider East Kent community. We believe in the people who make up our community. Our carers and our customers. We believe that each of us has opportunities to contribute to the store of community well-being. We believe that each of us has a duty to ourselves and our communities to develop ourselves to enable us to play a greater role in creating community well-being. We believe that one of our responsibilities as an employer is to provide opportunities for our carers to develop their talents to allow them to play that greater role in creating community well-being.
Community: It's About all of Us
"[I]nteraction enables people to build communities, to commit themselves to each other, and to knit the social fabric. A sense of belonging and the concrete experience of social networks (and the relationships of trust and tolerance that can be involved) can, it is argued, bring great benefits to people."
Cause: Creating Community Well-beingWe are not an ordinary domiciliary company. We are a community engaged domiciliary care company. We believe that connected communities are stronger communities and that stronger communities are good for the well-being of every person in that community. That is why we support a whole range of community organisations and events; and that is why we organise our own events that bring together our carers, our customers and our community.
In the last two years we have organised a comedy night, a quiz night a variety afternoon, a Christmas Carol Concert and many more events. Some of these events have helped us raise over £3500 for East Kent Hospital’s Dementia Charity Appeal. These events and our fundraising activities are excellent examples of how we contribute to the store of community well-being.
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Garry Costain is the Managing Director of Caremark Thanet, a domiciliary care provider with offices in Margate, Kent. Caremark Thanet provides home care services throughout the Isle of Thanet. Garry can be contacted on 01843 235910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit Caremark Thanet's website at www.caremark.co.uk/thanet.