February 24, 2020 Property

Leading Extra Care provider, Housing 21 to create 25 jobs in Wetherby


25 jobs are being created in Boston Spa, Wetherby, in May thanks to the launch of Box Tree Court, Housing 21’s latest Extra Care apartments for rent and shared ownership. The new development announcement comes as part of an exciting new recruitment campaign launched by Housing 21, a leading not-for-profit provider of Retirement Housing and Extra Care.

The #TodayIWas campaign aims to encourage people in Wetherby and the surrounding area to consider a career in care and celebrate the numerous roles that Care Workers undertake on a daily basis from make-up-artist to entertainer.

Located in charming Boston Spa, Box Tree Court will offer 44 brand new independent living apartments with access to on-site care for people over the age of 55. Housing 21 supports independence and choice for older people by providing quality housing and care, and the opening of the scheme means the organisation is looking for 25 health care professionals and domestic staff to join its team.

Currently undergoing construction, Box Tree Court, is set to open its doors in mid-June and has been designed to provide fully accessible facilities for both residents and visitors, which include a café/bistro and hair salon for the community. The court, which now has a show home available for viewings, also benefits from a residents’ lounge, activity room, treatment room and communal gardens for residents and their guests to enjoy.

Darren Wilson, Housing and Care Manager at Box Tree Court, said: “Box Tree Court is going to be a truly stunning development in keeping with the surrounding buildings and with Boston Spa life. We are looking forward to providing an environment that supports people to maintain their independence for as long as possible, within a community that they can be extremely proud of.”

Kris Peach, Director of Extra Care at Housing 21, said: “I’m delighted to watch Box Tree Court develop and am looking forward to welcoming the new recruits very soon. Working in care requires integrity, commitment, the right values and beliefs. The values of the individuals are incredibly important to us, even more so than experience. Our Care Workers come from a range of backgrounds aside from care, however if they possess the right qualities, we will invest in them and provide the right training, which will eventually shape their career paths.

Before joining us, many residents are completely isolated, so it is extremely rewarding to build a community where they can feel at home, and know you are making a real difference.”

Sophia Nakhooda, Head of People & Strategy at Housing 21, added: “This is a great opportunity to be part of our brand-new court in Boston Spa, particularly for Care Workers wanting to progress their careers. We’re passionate about being a driving force for positive change for Care Workers, which is why we recently introduced guaranteed hour contracts and why we’re committed to pay our Care Workers at least 10% more than the National Living Wage.

Housing 21’s new recruitment campaign #TodayIWas encourages new recruits into the care profession. Winners of the Investors In People Third Sector Award, the Retirement Housing and Extra Care provider is tackling some of the sector challenges, such as minimum wages, zero-hour contracts, staff retention and the crippling skills gap. The campaign showcases the day-to-day life of Care Workers, such as David from Sunderland who found himself in the role after working in a number of jobs that were unfulfilling, and he felt unable to add his personality to; or Jasmine from Bristol who loves going to work and helping with personal care, hygiene and medication, taking residents shopping or for a coffee, sorting their laundry, cleaning or taking them to the on-site restaurant for food.

Housing 21 is regularly recruiting for Care Workers. For more information or to apply for a vacancy, visit https://www.housing21.org.uk/careers/search-for-a-job/. For more information, please visit: www.housing21.co.uk

For more information on #TodayIWas, please visit http://bit.ly/TodayIWas.


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