More than 70 members of Swansea’s African Community Centre have completed the award-winning WeCare Wales Introduction to social care programme, to help set them on the pathway to a career in care. Of those, 35 have since gone on to work in social care.
Three groups from the African Community Centre completed the three-day online programme in 2022, where they learned about working in social care, which roles are available and the responsibilities that come with them.
The programme, which is a partnership between WeCare Wales, Swansea’s African Community Centre and Swansea Working, is an important step to make sure the social care workforce represents the communities they work in. It also aims to bring more experience and diversity to the workforce.
Those who take part in the African Community Centre programme are assigned a mentor to help get them job-ready, if they decide to start a career in social care. The mentor’s role includes sharing interview skills and discussing which qualifications may be needed.