ILS creates 30 jobs in Dumfries

Independent Living Services (ILS, part of Mears Group), the community-based ‘care at home’ company, is creating up to 30 new jobs in and around Dumfries over the next six months.

The company provides services on contract to Dumfries and Galloway Council and supports older people at home and disabled people of all ages. 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.

The new positions are a result of growing demand in the area for care at home services, which are becoming increasingly important due to an ageing population. ILS can help to support older people to live in their own homes rather than in long-term residential care.

ILS offers flexible working patterns which employees can fit around their own availability, and as such, it is looking for a range of full-time, part-time and shift workers. Although previous experience is welcomed, it’s not necessary as ILS provides a full training programme in addition to ongoing support with the opportunity for career progression.

Donna McCrystall, Service Manager for ILS in Dumfries and Galloway, says: “Our support workers come from all backgrounds and previous careers and many have found a huge change when they’ve come to work in this sector from elsewhere. They get an enormous sense of job satisfaction from working so closely with people in the community, and by helping them to live as independently as possible in their own homes.

“We’re delighted to be expanding in Dumfries in order to meet growing demand for these services, and would be happy to hear from people who want to make a real difference to the quality of people’s lives.”

Anyone interested in working for ILS in Dumfries can get in touch by calling 0800 917 4657.

As some of the new jobs cover rural areas, a number of positions will require people who have a driver’s licence and car.

ILS is a major, long established provider of care across Scotland, working in partnership with local authorities, as well as on a private basis. It provides care at home, predominantly for older people, but also for disabled adults, and support for children and families. It helps these people to remain within their own homes, and will assist with personal care, meal preparation, supervising a medication regime and other daily living tasks.

ILS is part of the Mears Group, one of the UKs leading providers of home care and support services.

Margaret Holbrook, in her sixties, lives in the outskirts of Dumfries and has been working for ILS for two and a half years. She had previously worked for a long time as a dance teacher and choreographer, spending many years abroad before returning home to care for her mother who had rheumatoid arthritis, which restricted her motor ability.

Margaret says: “I can relate to children and adults very well, having worked with both, but the experience of caring for my mother has helped immensely with what I do now for ILS. She was a very independent lady and it was her wish, right up until she died, to be able to stay in her own home. This is something which is really important to me now, and I feel very strongly about helping other people to do this.

“I’m a very optimistic person and will always do a job to the best of my ability. I also like a challenge, and this job certainly keeps me busy but it’s also very rewarding, especially when you get compliments from your clients. I’m not looking for compliments, but I know I’m doing my job well when I get them and when my clients are satisfied and happy.

“I might be a little bit older than some of my colleagues, but I feel that my experience lends itself extremely well to this job, and I would certainly recommend it to others.”