MORE than 40 new roles are being created in Sandwell for people who want to help vulnerable adults lead independent lives.

The council’s short-term assessment and reablement (STAR) focuses on getting people out of hospital and work with them in their homes to help prevent hospital admissions and maintain their independence in the community.

Chris Guest, divisional manager for adult social care, health and wellbeing for Sandwell Council, said: “We are looking for enthusiastic and caring people with a passion for supporting people in their own homes so that they can continue to lead independent lives within their own communities.

"We want to empower people who use our services to develop their potential and they will be fully supported while doing so.”

The borough has benefited from an extra £11.5 million of Government investment from the Better Care Fund during 2017/18, with the money expected to provide vital protection for social care services and help the authority meet the care and support needs of vulnerable people.

The creation of these new roles is just one part of this work.

Councillor Ann Shackleton, cabinet member for social care and chairman of Sandwell Health and Wellbeing Board, added: “This is challenging but rewarding work. You will be part of our growing team that is making a real difference to vulnerable residents."

To apply for the roles, people must be able to work flexibly and hold a valid UK driving licence. In return they will benefit from a full induction, training and support from skilled staff and have access to Sandwell employee benefits.

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