Beat the January blues, kick start a rewarding career in care

Published: 21 Jan 2019

The weather might be cold and gloomy, your new year’s resolutions may have fallen by the wayside, but don’t let it get you down. Hundreds of rewarding and exciting career opportunities could be just around the corner. Why not make a change in your life, by making a difference to someone else’s with a new role in social care.

With an ageing and growing population, demand for adult social care services in the county has never been higher. The number of over 85s living locally is predicted to rise by 137.5% to 67,700 by 2030, with the number of adults with learning disabilities increasing by nearly 15% to 24,200 over the same time frame.

Richard Roberts Cabinet Member, for Adult Social Care, said:

“In Hertfordshire, we are proud of our social care workforce and the quality care that is carried out to support our residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We’re lucky enough to have thousands of great care practitioners, who make a big difference to the lives of some of Hertfordshire’s most vulnerable residents, but we still need more. 

“The need for social care is ever increasing and with an ageing population, those pressures don’t look likely to ease anytime soon. That’s why it’s so important that we find compassionate people to come and work in care in Hertfordshire, and that we have the best people providing that care to our loved ones when they might need that support.”

Sarah Farr is a Care Assistant at B&M Care’s The Chadwick Care Home in Hoddesdon, when asked about why she went into care work Sarah explained; “It wasn’t a choice at first, someone offered me some weekend work, I absolutely loved it and I’ve never looked back. I couldn’t do another job – it doesn’t feel like work to me!

“The people I care for have very individual needs; some will need more support, others need less hands on help so you have to find a balance. It’s rewarding. I work with people with Dementia and if they recognise me it’s such a nice feeling.

“I actually enjoy coming to work, I don’t get up in the morning and think ‘I don’t want to go to work’. I can go home feeling that I’ve given something of myself, I’ve helped and I’ve cared but I can go back and do it all again the next day; it’s positive all the time for me.

“Friends and family say this job suits me, the job doesn’t suit everyone but if you’ve got a good heart, you should try it – you can give the people you look after a lot and they’ll give back to you as well. I just love them and I think they love me back, I get that impression anyway!”

As January comes to an end, don’t have any regrets when it comes to your work life and future. Even if you’ve not worked in care before training is available and there are lots of flexible and varied roles available right now. Visit

or call 01707 536020 today to find out more and register your interest, a trained professional will then contact you about your options and help you to find the right next step for you.