A PLEA for more carers to come forward to help fill a number of vacancies across the county has been made by the council.

Worcestershire County Council has asked for people to come forward and help it support and back-fill a number of roles including those at day centres, care homes, residential care settings and in people’s homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

The council said it is offering a number of competitively paid job opportunities that do not require prior experience - only a willingness to help.

The opportunities come with training and the benefits of being a county council employee including pensions scheme, five weeks annual holiday plus bank holidays.

Elaine Carolan, interim director of adult's services, said: ”We’ve been truly humbled by the number of offers of help and support we’ve had in so far across the county.

"It’s really clear that the people of Worcestershire truly are here to help, and just want to support where they can.

"The current situation has changed so much for so many, and it continues to develop.

"But some things must continue to stay the same, and we really need your help to make sure those most in need across the county, continue to receive help and support."

Councillor Adrian Hardman,cabinet member for adult social care, said: “I want to thank those people who have been in touch already.

"The situation remains unprecedented and our brilliant social care staff are doing a fantastic job.

“As we move forward, we know that our current staff will need help to manage the demand across Worcestershire, and this is where we need your support.

“One thing that has come out of this outbreak, is the desire shown by people to support others and we have a range of roles available for you to help care for those most in need across the county.”

For more information, visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/makearealdifference.