As part of Care Home Open Day on 19 June, West Hall care home in West Byfleet invited local people, particularly men, looking for a career in the care sector to a recruitment day.

Research carried out by Anchor, which runs West Hall, 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.

West Hall has therefore launched a recruitment campaign to address the chronic shortage of carers across the country.

General Manager Kate Desmond said there were a wide variety of jobs available in Anchor, such as activity co-ordinators, catering staff, handymen and carers.

Care home workers and recruitment staff were on hand at the event to offer advice to job hunters and explain why they enjoy working with older people.

Staff at West Hall organise daily activities for the residents, so visitors were able to join in activities on the day such as decorating cupcakes, making bunting and singalong sessions.

Children from neighbouring Positive Steps Nursery and West Byfleet Junior School also visited the home to enjoy a bouncy castle, art exhibition and musical entertainment.

Activities were inspired by America - the latest stop on the residents' virtual cruise, which allows them to experience different countries' cultures from the comfort of the communal lounge.

Kate said: “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 and male carers are likely to share their interests. Male carers bring a different perspective to care and we want our workforce to reflect the diversity of our residents.

“At Anchor we are creating more than 2,100 this year. We offer extensive training and promotion prospects that we hope will continue to encourage people to consider joining and staying in the care workforce.

“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.”

Anchor pays living wage salaries to care staff and activity co-ordinators who are qualified at NVQ Level 2. In London that means they receive £9.15 per hour and £7.85 per hour outside London.

To find out more about careers with Anchor, visit www.anchor.org.uk/careers

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