A JOBS fair hits town next week – to recruit 60 staff for a new care home.
Meridian Healthcare is recruiting staff for its £4.7m The Oakes Care Centre, which is due to open in April.
The company is staging a recruitment fair from 10am to 3pm at Huddersfield Town Hall next Wednesday when applications will be invited for roles including domestics, carers, an activities co-ordinator and a deputy manager.
The Oakes will provide residential and specialised dementia care for older people in the Oakes and Lindley areas.
Meridian is particularly looking for people with experience in the care sector, although full training will be provided for individuals who wish to start their career in care.
The new 60-bed care centre at Oakes is being developed at Willwood Avenue, on the site of a former care centre, which was demolished to make way for the new building.
The developer is Brockholes-based Conroy Brook, which has previously worked with Meridian to develop White Rose House in Holmfirth
Plans for the new care home were welcomed by local residents and councillors.
Oakes Villa, which had stood on the site for years, was an empty building which had become an anti-social behaviour hotspot.
Youths had gathered at Oakes Villa in Lindley since it closed in 2006.
Lindley Lib Dem Clr Cahal Burke welcomed the decision.
“It’s good that something’s been done at long last,” he said.
“It was an ideal site for youths to gather because it was a big empty building. Some of its windows have been smashed.”
The home’s manager is Mark Birchenough, of Denton, who has worked in the care sector for 24 years.
He joined Meridian as a care assistant in 1988 and has risen through the ranks, most recently managing a home in Leeds.
He said: “I always wanted to work with people and originally thought I would become a social worker.
“I started work as a care assistant thinking I would just do the job for a year but 24 years on and I am still working with older people albeit as a manager rather than a care assistant.
“Things have improved hugely over time.
“Care homes have moved away from being institutions to being comfortable homes for residents.’’