A CARE company is expanding its workforce after winning a Council contract to deliver homecare in Keighley.

Shipley-based Care Dynamics Yorkshire Ltd needs to employ six to eight more workers immediately after securing the new contract that guarantees it an initial minimum 150 hours a week.

But the number of new recruits needed after that will be “sky’s the limit” says the company’s business manager, Nick James.

Winning the Council contract has kick-started the company’s biggest recruitment drive ever, adding to the 125 staff already on its books. A number of recruitment days are being organised.

Mr James said the increasing demand for domiciliary care in the Keighley area was mirroring the national trend.

“However, there is a shortage of accredited providers within Keighley so Bradford Council have assured us a minimum of 150 hours per week to begin with so we need about six to eight members of new care staff immediately.

“Once established we would continue to recruit and expand in this geographical area, hopefully recruiting dozens more people in a relatively short space of time.”

Mr James added: “We currently have 125 registered care and support workers, carefully balancing staffing numbers against business volume. Because we have always had a steady number of candidates coming through via word of mouth referrals, historically we haven’t needed to embark on a recruitment campaign.

“However, we are being offered a substantial volume of new care packages and although we are trying the traditional routes like the Job Centre we really need to get the word out quickly.

“We are offering above industry standard pay rates to attract interest and will be hosting recruitment days in the near future.”

Care Dynamics Yorkshire Ltd was started by Donna Gott and Cheryl Dibbin, who have 40 years of experience in the social care sector.

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The company has been shortlisted in the annual Great British Care Awards regional finals every year since 2011. In October one of its care workers, Amanda Sanderson, 55, won the Home Care Worker category at the Great British Care Awards Yorkshire and Humberside final and will now go onto the national finals. Another employee, Jean Dobby, 55, was also shortlisted as a finalist in the Putting People First and Dignity in Care categories.

Care Dynamics won a Global Health Pharma Magazine’s 2016 Outstanding Quality of Care award and its 2017 Best Homecare Services and Dementia Support Excellence award.