Charity: ‘Work for us and we will help you get the skills to move on’
Camden's Hopscotch is hiring
19 February, 2021 — By Bronwen Weatherby
Hopscotch is looking for care workers
A WOMEN’S charity has said it is “crying out” for carers as the demand for its services continues to rise amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Hopscotch, based in Hampstead Road, Euston, has been providing care and support to black, Asian and minority ethnic (Bame) communities in and around the borough for over 20 years.
It offers a range of services including domestic abuse support, and welfare advice.
It also runs an advocacy team, employability projects, an older women’s group and youth groups.
Hopscotch also specialises in home care, providing culturally-appropriate multi-lingual personal and domestic care for adults.
But while it has seen the need for its services grow amid the pandemic, it has found difficulty recruiting enough staff.
Training and career building opportunities are offered to staff
Chief executive Benaifer Bhandari said: “We’re very keen for people to come and work for us and what we offer is great for a lot of people.
“We have an exceptionally compassionate team, we offer flexible hours so you can work around family life, and there is a real focus on helping our carers’ personal development whether that’s through our better employment project or undertaking the NVQ in health and social care.”
She added: “And there’s no need for prior experience. Basically we can act as a stepping stone for people to get the skills and knowledge to move up and on to different work if they want to.”
Among the classes workers can access are IT skills, or English language lessons.
Shajeda Khan, 36, has been a fieldcare supervisor for the team for two months.
She said: “It has been more difficult in lockdown because I’m home schooling but Hopscotch is so understanding and we’ve worked it out so I can still work.”