The DAWN of a new service for budding carers

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PEOPLE looking for work in Northumberland’s social care sector can get a helping hand from a new service.

Social enterprise DAWN Advice has developed the programme, which will allow the elderly residents and those with a disability across the county who need support to receive assistance in line with their specific personal requirements.

It will also help create a number of new job opportunities as anyone interested in a support worker position can register with the organisation.

The DAWN Assist online service has set up a secure database to store information from those who sign up.

Liz Chadwick, Chief Executive of DAWN Advice, which offers confidential and impartial legal advice on a range of issues including debt, said: “The new website allows people looking to employ a support worker to search online for candidates using a range of criteria including skills, interests and location.

“Users can then filter their search results to identify the person who they feel has the right attributes to support them in their daily lives.

“DAWN Assist will also offer people looking for a full or part-time position as a support worker with a valuable outlet to secure employment.”

Support workers can allow older people and those with a disability to live more independent lives by assisting them with everyday tasks such as cooking and cleaning, helping them to get around and encouraging them to pursue their hobbies.

DAWN Advice will manage the service on behalf of Northumberland County Council and the authority’s executive member for adult care and well-being, Ian Lindley, said: “Helping people to find the right support is part of the council’s drive to support people and give them greater choice to live a fulfilling life.

“We are keen to ensure that people who receive a personal budget from us are able to make the best use of it and are confident that they are recruiting the best person to support their individual needs – someone who has similar interests to them and with the right skills.”

Those interested in registering with DAWN Assist should visit www.dawnassist.org.uk for further information.