carecareers Advise Demand For Disability Support Workers Set To Rocket In Australia

carecareers reports job opportunities in the disability and community care sector are booming; employers in this sector are looking to recruit 40,000 people in the next five years because the number of people using these services is expected to rise to 350,000.

Work in the disability or community care sector appeals to many; with 63 per cent of respondents in a poll conducted by carecareers stating that this work would be either ‘quite or very rewarding’. Yet only 24 per cent of people have considered a career in the sector.

Getting your foot in the door with an organisation to commence work as a disability support worker is not as hard as it may seem. Many people working in the disability sector have not had any experience initially but have simply displayed a genuine and passionate desire to work in the area.

The great thing is that organisations are really keen to meet people who are enthusiastic about joining their organisation and supporting people living with disability, to have valued roles in the community.

Employers recognise that skills are transferable from other areas. As an example of this, many people who have not had any formal training in disability support are able to provide great responses to interview questions around how they would practically support someone with a disability. Their answers may have stemmed from previous roles where their skills are transferable, or they may have had a caring role in their family, community or friendship circle.

Organisations also recognise that some people entering the disability workforce will be starting from scratch, so they have great on-the-job training opportunities. Many organisations even offer traineeships so that formal qualifications can be gained whilst you are earning an income, and with the support of the organisation.

It’s important that you shop around for an organisation which aligns with you. There are so many great organisations in the sector now and it is so important to find an organisation where your personal values are aligned with the organisation’s core values.

Contacting the organisations you are interested in and asking them if you could spend a few days working alongside a team member to see what the job is really like, is also a good starting point. It will give you an idea of how the company supports its staff and will show you what support is provided to people living with disability.

Working in the disability sector can be pretty flexible so if you are already working full time during the week, you could volunteer on a Saturday or Sunday for a few hours.

Of course, there are certain skills and personality traits that make a good disability support worker. These include good communication skills, reliability, honesty, a sense of responsibility and a respect for difference.

Great support workers are also people who share the same interests as the person they are supporting. They are always looking for opportunities where the person they are supporting can connect with and form friendships within their community, and they are people who are focused on finding ways that will better support a person to have an ordinary and good life.

If you are interested in becoming a disability support worker, search for a job on the carecareers website or look in the Employer Directory and find some organisations you are drawn to. You can then make the first step to entering the sector by contacting these organisations proactively.

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Macmillan Cancer Support Reports 70% of Brits Don’t Have A Will

Macmillan Cancer Support has revealed that nearly half of the nation (46%) admit they don’t like to talk about death at all and feel uncomfortable talking about their will. Two thirds (65%) say they haven’t even discussed the subject with close friends or family.

The survey of 2,000 people also revealed that seven in ten (70%) have not even written a will or made plans for what they’ll leave behind. To support the launch of ‘Will Aid Month’, Macmillan Cancer Support has partnered with Jasmine Birtles, financial expert and founder of, to provide a set of tips on will writing, so people can ensure that all they care about and the causes that matter to them the most, are looked after.

Nine in ten (87%) are aware that they can leave a gift to charity in their will however only 38% would. Gifts in wills currently accounts for over 1/3 of Macmillan’s funding, but only 7% of the UK population supports charities with a gift in their will. This compares to over 70% who support charities in their lifetime.

Sarah Lee, Legacies Manager at Macmillan commented: “Legacy giving is surrounded by many myths and misunderstandings which stop people from actively considering supporting charities in this way. By raising awareness of the ways in which people can leave gifts to charities in their wills we want to overcome these so that will-writing is discussed more openly and honestly. Gifts in wills are so important for Macmillan, large or small every gift makes a difference, we couldn’t do what we do without them.”

Jasmine Birtles highlights the importance of making a will and keeping it updated as personal circumstances change. She said: “If you don’t write a will, it can leave distressing, and often expensive problems for those who are left behind. It could also mean that people you wanted to look after end up being left out. I am supporting Macmillan Cancer Support in this matter because I want to encourage people to think about their will and make sure their assets go to people and causes they care about.”

For more information on legacy giving, support on will writing or just a chat, interested parties can visit or call Macmillan on 0800 107 4448.

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National Trust Welcomes Four Millionth Member Family To AGM

National Trust members gathered in Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall for the Annual General Meeting. Cliodhna Giltinan and Frank Allais, along with their daughters Bo (aged six) and Eve (aged eight), were welcomed by Director-General Fiona Reynolds and Chairman Simon Jenkins and received life membership, in celebration of becoming the four millionth family member.

Cliodhna is a teacher from Dublin and Frank is a photographer, originally from France. They live with their children in Hackney, East London. Looking to find out more about the UK and British history, they joined the National Trust. The also use their membership to enjoy great days out as a family. On discovering they were the charity’s 4 millionth member, Cliodhna revealed that they were very surprised, saying: “When we received the phone call from the Trust’s membership department saying we were the four-millionth members we couldn’t quite believe it.

Cliodhna said it was her family’s visit to Knole that inspired them to join the National Trust. She remarked that the price of a family membership felt like money well-spent since they would only need to visit a few places per year in order for it to be worthwhile.

This presentation by the Director General and the Trust’s Chairman marks the start of the day when official National Trust business is undertaken, with up to 1,000 National Trust members gathered together.

According to Fiona Reynolds, 2011 is a very special year. She said she was delighted to meet Cliodhna and Frank and that she is proud that four million people are members of the National Trust. She explained: I’m proud because it shows the strength of feeling behind our cause. Our mission to look after special places, forever, for everyone is as relevant now as it was 116 years ago when we were founded.

“The support of our members really matters, so I want to say a huge thank you. It’s only through their support that we can look after the places in our care for millions more to enjoy. Seventeen million people visited our houses last year and 75 million our coast and countryside.

“People join us for many reasons – a love of their local place, a passion for beauty, for heritage and art, for surfing and cycling, or simply the joy of family time together. What all our members have in common is a love for beautiful and historic places.”

National Trust Chairman, Simon Jenkins, shared in the pride of reaching the milestone, but said there’s still much more for the charity to do: “Growing from 2.8million members a decade ago to this 4million landmark is amazing – but we know we cannot stand still. We have set ourselves an ambitious target of reaching 5million members by 2020. So, we strive to make the experience our visitors have of our places better and better. And we’re constantly seeking new ways to connect people with place – whether through food, or technology, or through becoming more open and involving.”

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