Residents from Norton House care home in London enjoyed a variety of activities to mark Care Home Open Day (CHOD) on Friday 19th of June.

Residents and staff at Norton House in Arneway Street really enjoyed an indoor basketball game with prizes for everyone, a BBQ lunch included Iranian and Egyptian dishes and live music by singer and guitarist Elvis Chambers.

The home also used the event to invite members of the local community, who want to find out more about a career in the care sector, to a recruitment day from 11am to 3pm on Friday 19 of  June.

Residents and staff were joined by Helen McKenna, Elizabeth Dyer and Jane Wallace from Which? (The consumer’ Association) and by Stephen Waring from the Department of Health for this annual special celebration day.

Selina Thompson, project worker from the neighbour SHP Westminster (Support for vulnerable people) and resident Terrence Kiney also attended the event. Selina said she is working on a project to encourage her residents to interact and socialize with Norton House residents.

Research carried out by Anchor, which runs Norton House, highlighted that England could face a shortfall of 718,000 care workers by 2025, and an unprecedented number of men are needed to bridge the gap .

Norton House Manager Felicia Imafidon said this future shortfall in the number of carers was why Anchor was investing so much effort in recruiting new members of staff.

She added there were a wide variety of jobs available, such as activity co-ordinators, catering staff, handymen and carers.

Felicia said: “This year’s Care Home Open Day was a lot of fun for our residents and the people who visited Norton House saw for themselves what a great place it is to live and work.

“Meaningful activities, such as those organised for CHOD, are a key part of residents’ day as it stimulates them both mentally and physically.

“But the day was also a chance for visitors to find out more about working for Anchor.

“The care sector needs to attract a wider range of staff: young and old, and we need more men to consider care as a potential career – particularly as men are living longer. Our workforce should reflect the diversity of our residents.

“Applicants don’t need to have worked in the care sector before but we are looking for candidates who are passionate about providing top quality care and who have an empathy with older people. This is an opportunity for a career where you can do well by doing good.”

Anyone wanting to find out about job opportunities at Anchor can go to www.anchor.org.uk/careers.

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