Recruitment events are to be held in Thornbury and Yate to encourage people to take up care work vacancies in the area.

Care workers and employers will be on hand at two events to encourage local people to find out more about the work and potentially take up some of the jobs available now to deliver care across South Gloucestershire.

They will be promoting vacancies and are hoping to talk to people who live or could work in Thornbury, Winterbourne, Yate, Chipping Sodbury or Frampton Cotterell, where there are currently a number of vacancies.

People who are looking for full time work, something to fit around their family or study commitments, or a new direction are encouraged to come along and find out if being a care worker might suit them.

Local care providers will also be able to hold informal interviews at the events, so attendees could even leave with a provisional job offer, subject to the appropriate checks.

South Gloucestershire Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for adult social care, Councillor Ben Stokes said: "If you're friendly, compassionate and good with people, a job in care work would be something for you to consider, and you could be a great asset to the care workforce in South Gloucestershire.

"We have a growing number of older people who need some support, but who want to be able to stay in their own homes. Others need more help and choose to live in care homes where they rely on care workers, but are able to live full and fulfilling lives. Ultimately, that's what they want and what we all want for our loved ones.

"Care workers are vital to our local health and care system, local people and our local communities: they help people recover from hospital stays, to settle back home and to maximise their independence."

The two recruitment events are taking place as follows:

Tuesday 7 Feb, 11.30am – 3.30pm at Turnberrie's Community Centre, Bath Road, Thornbury BS35 2BB

Wednesday 15 Feb, 12.30pm – 4.30pm at Yate Active Lifestyle Centre, Kennedy Way, Yate BS37 4DQ

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These events are being run by South Gloucestershire Council with a number of local care employers as part of the Proud to Care campaign.