A DENBIGHSHIRE-based provider of care and support services within the community has launched an ambitious recruitment drive as it prepares to open its third residential site in early 2022.

ProCare Wales, which is celebrating its 20th year in business, is looking to create more than 70 jobs within the region during the next six months.

It has just received planning permission for its third residential site, Hathaway, a 12-apartment setting based in Colwyn Bay.

The service will create 60 new jobs and will mirror the same unique independent living model as both Plas Lorna and Arnold House.

A total of 15 jobs are immediately available at its existing residential locations in Rhuddlan and Conwy.

The support worker roles will be based at both Plas Lorna (Rhuddlan) and Arnold House (Conwy) – two unique residential settings for adults, aged 16 to 64, who have complex needs.

The care provisions offer self-contained apartments, allowing for independent living in a secure setting with 24-hour care under the regulation of Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW).

The new employees will support and encourage residents with significant learning difficulties to live independently, while at the same time providing consistent and safe care for those vulnerable people.

Each person will receive intensive two-week classroom-based training taught by an in-house trainer before taking part in a three-shift shadowing programme within the setting.

They will also be entitled to an enhanced benefits package from day one.

Helen Shepherd, managing director and founder of ProCare Wales, said: “As we mark a significant milestone in our business, celebrating our 20th anniversary, we are looking to grow our talented team – many of whom have been with us for more than 10 years and have risen through the ranks from support workers to senior managers.

“We are very much like a big family.

“As such, it’s vital for our business, and the vulnerable adults who we support and care for, that we bring like-minded people into each setting who reflect our values and have a very care-centric approach to their work.

“These individuals may have limited experience in a social care setting, but may have cared for either a child, or family member.

“Most importantly, they must demonstrate empathy, understanding and patience.”

Luke Peters is a community manager at ProCare Wales. The 33-year-old joined the organisation as a support worker 11 years ago, before rising through the ranks.

He said: “Social care is a hugely rewarding career where you can make a real difference every single day to the lives of those vulnerable people you are supporting and caring for.

“Since I joined ProCare Wales in 2011, I’ve been given the opportunity to progress in my career and become a valued member of the team.

“As a very hands-on business, where everyone at every level gets involved in the day-to-day care of the people in our residential and community living settings, it’s important we attract future support workers who have the same commitment and ambition – both in terms of their own career, but in the service they deliver.”