Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise imageedit_1_9888484947the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.

This Carers Week we presented Farhia with a bouquet of flowers, shopping vouchers and the Employee of the Month award. Farhia is always keen to picks up shifts, will always offer cover on her days off and stays over at shifts to make sure that clients have suitable cover. She never has a problem with going the extra mile, always gets great feedback too and never complains. Farhia is an asset to the Fairway team.

We would like to thank all of our Fairway carers for their exceptional work and giving Fairway the excellent reputation that we hold.

New Walsall Branch

Fairway Homecare are delighted to announce the opening of their new branch in the bustling town centre of Walsall.IMG_7422 Opening in May 2017, the office sees further growth and expansion of the Fairway brand and is further evidence of
the continued growth and development of the business adding to the success of being awarded a place on the NHS framework earlier in the year. The move also sees Fairway prepare to further establish itself as a major supplier and employer in the Black Country.

Fairway provide a range of Care and Support services within the health and social care sector and are committed to staff development and training. Fairway are a CQC regulated care provider and are actively recruiting apprentices and experienced health and social care professionals at all levels offering full time security and total flexibility, reflecting the needs of 2017 work life balance.

Operations Director Alex O’Neill commented “Fairway are genuinely excited to expand its operation in the Black Country and the Walsall office provides huge logistical benefit to the organisation. Allowing us to have a local presence is crucial to our growth and our desire to forge strong local relationships with employees and clients alike is a key part of our strategy. We look forward to bringing real jobs and career opportunities to the Black Country over the coming months.”

New Online Courses

We have recently added two, brand new online courses to our course directory. These courses are Capture1Dignity & Privacy and Prevent Duty. With an online course from Fairway Training Healthcare Ltd, you’ll be able to ensure you gain a grounding in important topics even if you can’t make it to one of our interactive, class based sessions.

Our Dignity & Privacy course starts by defining dignity and privacy within the healthcare sector, and will explain how the two are quite often linked. It will then go on to give you a range of useful professional tips about setting up the right working relationship with your service users, and discuss some of the issues that can arise when dignity and privacy are not respected. Continue reading

Catch up with Louis #NAW2017

Apprentice Business Administrator, Louis is currently working towards achieving his NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration with Fairway and is making excellent progress in both his role and qualification. We caught up with Louis for National Apprenticeship Week 2017 to find out how he is getting on!

The Fairway Journey
Prior to being employed by Fairway I had just finished a year of Sixth Form, after this year I had decided that it IMG_6580wasn’t for me so I went searching online for various different apprenticeships, on the apprenticeship go website. I was looking at different roles and was conducting research on which role would fit my character the best. After researching for a while I found that the Business Administration role looked interesting and was a good starting point in my career, knowing that I could hopefully progress my way up within the business and develop myself as an individual.

I picked the apprenticeship route due to being able to gain a qualification while working. Apprenticeships offer great benefits and to me outweighed other paths and therefore I chose this route. I really enjoy my apprenticeship, it has developed my skills and knowledge which is great and I would like to thank Fairway for the great time I have experienced so far and for being a friendly company to work for. The course I am studying at college is Business Administration Level 2, I attend college on Tuesdays and I am currently completing work for my course which includes writing about certain tasks I do and also my college assessor examining me while I’m working.

The Monday to Friday Work Experience
• Daily check of CV Responses, this is to source candidates who have applied for roles with us and give them an interview over the phone to see what type of work they are looking for and if they are suitable for that role
• Attending Job Fairs, recruiting and talking to people interested in working within the care sector
• Booking and confirming people for training via telephone
• Filing and shredding
• Franking and recording mail, also taking mail to the Post Office
• Action any reference requests
• Helping out around the office with various tasks
• Ordering uniform and tracking the stock

Major achievements along the journey:
• Talked about my apprenticeship on a radio advert
• Passed my first exam at college for my NVQ

National Apprenticeship Week 2017

We have caught up with Fairway Community Carer, Philip and Apprentice Finance Assistant, Shannon for National Apprenticeship Week 2017 to find out more about their progress and how they’re enjoying their apprenticeships!

Philip – Community Carer

The Fairway Journey
Prior to being employed by Fairway, I was unemployed. I had a hard time finding employment after being self-Phillipemployed for many years as a swimming coach. So first out the gate I would like express my gratitude to Fairway for allowing me to climbing over a major stumbling block.

Care work can be very challenging at times, due to the nature of the work. These challenges develop a greater level of compassion, and caring which would otherwise not be available without the opportunity given by Fairway.

I am currently undertaking my NVQ in Health and Social Care, this is a gold standard qualification in the industry. The NVQ provides a useful portal to gain additional knowledge, supporting your working experiences.

The Monday to Friday Work Experience
In the vast majority of the time caring is not work because I feel what flows from me is natural. Prior to working with Fairway I was looking after both my parents, who died from cancer within close proximity of each other. Fairway allows me to give back, into local community, some of the lessons I learnt with my parents.

For me experience at work is varied, because the individuals we look after, have both mental and physical challenges. Those same individuals give us the opportunity to share some of their milestones, like 90th birthdays.

Major achievements along the journey:
• Employee of the Year 2016
• Highly recognised by the service users as someone who is reliable and trustworthy

Shannon – Apprentice Finance Assistant

The Fairway Journey

Since joining Fairway on 4th July 2016, I have been able to achieve things I never thought possible. Since day shannonone Fairway welcomed me with open arms and have provided me with support as I undertake my AAT qualification. I’ve gained so much confidence since starting work and I’m thoroughly enjoying my role.

I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship and I am now starting to transfer what I am learning at college, into my everyday work load such as posting payments and working out errors in Sage. This apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to work and use my skills, as well as learning something new and trying to get the best outcome I possibly can. I am now on track to complete my Level 2 and then hopefully move onto Level 3 and 4 to complete my AAT qualification.

The Monday to Friday Work Experience
• Post payments into Sage
• Produce and send out Training invoices
• Post purchase invoices
• Post Bank payments
• Maintain our Recommend a Friend scheme
• Add breaks to our Care for IT system
• Set up wage payments onto the Bank
• Screen telephone calls
• Post journals in Sage
• Credit Control

Major achievements along the journey:
• Passed my Bookkeeping exam achieving 87%
• Passed my Sage exam achieving 88%