Care Training Places Released to Meet Demand in Harrogate

Andrew and Sheena Van Parys- owners of Home Instead
Andrew and Sheena Van Parys- owners of Home Instead

Local homecare provider, Home Instead, has announced the release of 25 free New Year training places for caregivers as demand for care services spirals.


A perfect storm of an ageing population and downward pressure onlocal social care budgets has led to an imbalance and more people are now needed to provide care which will enable local elderly people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.


Speaking about the need to train more staff, Sheena Van Parys of Home Instead in Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk said, “The impact of a national shortage of carers is being felt locally and creating problems for the elderly in particular. In 2016 it’s time to care.


“That’s why we have just released 25 training places for people who wish to work in the care sector. Our service is companionship-based so people don’t need to have experience. What’s really important is that people have the right attitude and a caring and empathetic nature.


“The service we provide is focused on providing much-needed company and social stimulation to elderly people as well, of course, as more traditional care services.


“We match clients and caregivers based on shared interests and following initial induction training, our CAREGivers receive additional training based on the individual needs of the clients they are matched to.”


On completion of their initial training, caregivers will become eligible to receive the nationally recognised Care Certificate and can go on to further develop their skills with additional qualifications should they wish. A great example of this is Home Instead’s bespoke Alzheimer’s Care Training Programme which is accredited by City & Guilds.



Sheena Van Parys added, “Our award-winning service is provided by a fabulous team of dedicated, caring and compassionate individuals, many of whom work part-time and all of whom are passionate about making a difference to their clients’ lives.”


Anyone interested in applying for one of Home Instead’s training places should contact Home Instead Harrogate on 01423 774490, Ripon on 01765 530400, Thirsk on 01845 440510 or visit