Donside MSP, Mark McDonald has spent the day with staff from Cornerstone in order to gain a better insight into the important work that carers do within the local community.
As part of his shadowing exercise, Mr McDonald spent the morning at Bob Cooney Court before heading to Abbotswell later which is a 24-hour care home with five residents.
Following on from the visit, Mr McDonald has made the commitment to holding a public event within the next year to encourage people to get involved and learn more about the opportunities within the care sector.
Commenting Mr McDonald said:
“I would like to thank all the staff and residents at Abbotswell and Bob Cooney Court for showing me round both homes. I was made to feel very welcome and the experience gave me greater insight into the important and valuable work carried out by those in the caring profession.”
“A major issue highlighted was the difficulty in finding people to work in the caring profession. As I already have experience in holding a careers fair in Woodside, I now intend to hold a similar event in partnership with my parliamentary colleagues with a focus on the careers available in the care sector as a whole.
Service manager at Abbotswell, Malcolm Gray said:
“It was great to meet Mark, and to see him taking an interest in what we are doing at Cornerstone,”
“We showed him round, he met the people we support, and chatted to myself and colleagues about what it means to be a carer. He really embraced what we are doing here and was very interested in the role we play, taking the time to find out about the benefits of working in the caring profession as well as the challenges we face.”