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Local company is crowned:- '5 star employer'

HOME Instead Southport and Formby has been declared a:- '5 star' employer, showing that care is a worthwhile career path to take. The home care company's employees have commended the company due to factors such as top quality training opportunities and supportive leadership.

All employees of the home care company were invited to take part in an anonymous survey by independent employee engagement experts WorkBuzz. Home Instead Southport and Formby is delighted to have received an impressive employee engagement score of 94%, a rating that few companies achieve.

Areas that employees were asked about included the career development on offer, the relationship with their managers and their day to day responsibilities.

The owners of Home Instead Southport and Formby, Anthea Pilkington and Irene Hough are calling for more people to come onboard and join the team who have praised the company for being a supportive employer. There are 20 caregiver vacancies on offer for people who want to begin or further a career in care. In addition they have vacancies for full time care co-ordinators who want to start their career journey working in the office support team. These positions offer career advancement to assistant care manager positions within 12 months for those looking to climb the ladder.

Anthea says:- "It's an honour to be recognised as a:- '5 star employer,' particularly in light of yet another challenging year for our caregivers. For many people, care isn't a career route they consider. But we're an example of a care company that will support you from day 1 and offer training and development opportunities to develop your career. Our team of caregivers make it possible for older adults to stay living at home yet receive the care they need. If you're interested in joining this team, we'd love to hear from you whether you have previous experience in care or not."

Steven Frost, CEO of WorkBuzz commented:- "At WorkBuzz, we're passionate about improving people's working lives. We created this award to recognise the best workplace cultures where employees are proud to work, are motivated to do more, and want to stay for the foreseeable future. We've loved working with Home Instead Southport and Formby who truly care about their employee's experience and have worked hard to ensure they create a culture where their people can thrive."

To find out more about Home Instead Southport and Formby and the home care services they provide, please call:- 01704547938 or visit:- HomeInstead.Co.UK.

Flat fire results in fatality

MERSEYSIDE Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) attended a flat fire on Hicks Road, Waterloo, on Wednesday, 8 December 2021. Sadly, we can confirm that the incident has resulted in the death of a man. Fire crews were alerted at 7.29pm and on scene at 7.32pm. 3 fire engines attended. On arrival crews found smoke issuing from a flat on the 2nd floor of the building. Crews quickly gained entry and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered to fight the fire and search the flat for occupants. The fire was extinguished by 8.05pm. During their search, firefighters discovered the body of a man at the property. 1st aid was carried out by firefighters and paramedics but sadly the man was pronounced dead at the scene. A full search of the property; a house converted into 8 separate flats over 4 floors; was carried out by crews. No 1 was else was injured as a result of the fire and fire crews left the scene at 11.26pm. The deceased's next of kin have been informed by Police and a joint investigation into the cause of the fire is now taking place between both Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and Merseyside Police.

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