Mears, the leading provider of home care and support services, is embarking on a recruitment drive as a result of rapidly growing demand in Aberdeenshire for supported living services. The company has another 20 support worker positions available and is looking for a range of full-time, part-time and shift workers to help people in Banff, Turriff and Whitehills.Mears provides services to people who require extra support to help them continue living in familiar surroundings and in comfort at home. It assists individuals of all ages, including disabled people, individuals with learning disabilities, people with mental health problems, or those just needing a little bit of extra help at home.The jobs are available immediately, due to a growing level of work being awarded to the company by Aberdeenshire Council, to which it provides care services on contract.Sara Wilkinson, Divisional Service Manager for Mears in Aberdeenshire, says: “Our employees in Aberdeenshire come from all backgrounds and previous careers and many have found a huge change in their own quality of life when they’ve come to work in this sector from elsewhere. There is enormous job satisfaction from working so closely with people and knowing that your own personal input makes a real difference to the quality of their lives by enabling them to live in their own homes as independently as possible.”The company’s friendly and trained support workers help people with a variety of everyday tasks we take for granted, such as bathing, shopping, cooking and cleaning. But the focus is also about helping individuals to get out and about within their local community, whether it’s a trip to the library, a swim at the local pool, a visit to the hairdresser, or simply going for a walk. Care and support, therefore, are generally provided on a one-to-one basis and over several hours, rather than short visits.As well as working on contract to the local authority, the company’s services are also provided on a private basis to those who want to augment the care they receive through the council, or have other requirements for support.Support workers range widely in age, from 18 over 65, come from all walks of life, and derive great job satisfaction which comes from a genuine interest in working with people. Although previous experience in the care sector is welcomed, it’s not necessary, as Mears provides full staff training in addition to ongoing support with the opportunity for career progression.