Make a difference in Adult Social Care as a Relief Worker

27 August 2020

“Seeing people smile, recognise and interact with you is an incredible feeling. It makes me feel like I’ve done a good job. I get that feeling every day and it’s personally rewarding.” Louise Ogg, Relief Worker.

Nottinghamshire County Council has launched a new campaign to recruit a team of relief care staff to its Adult Social Care and Public Health department.

The Council is aiming to recruit additional staff from across the county to its team of Relief Care and Reablement Support Workers.

This is a varied role that involves supporting older and young adults with social care needs who either live in residential care, in the community or use our short breaks service or day services. The role involves assisting with personal care and helping people to take part in activities. No experience is needed and training will be provided. The work is flexible and people can fit it around other commitments.

The latest recruitment drive follows a successful campaign back in March, which saw more than 220 people accepting offers to join the team at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

One of those recruited was Louise Ogg, who began work as a Relief Worker in May. Louise is based in Worksop and works within a short breaks unit for younger adults with learning disabilities. During the peak of the pandemic the unit supported people with Covid-19 who needed to be discharged from the hospital. 

Louise said: “I like how varied my role is. Every day is different. Every service user that comes in has a different set of needs and the job is never mundane or boring. I enjoy interacting with service users and I work with a lovely bunch of staff.

“Seeing service users smile, recognise and interact with you is an incredible feeling. It makes me feel like I’ve done a good job.

“Nottinghamshire County Council has been a good employer, they are very organised. You’re never on your own and are always supported with plenty of staff, which is a huge burden off your shoulders when it becomes quite intense at times.”

Councillor Boyd Elliott, Vice Chairman of Nottinghamshire’s Adult Social Care and Health Committee said: “It’s fantastic to hear from Louise about what her role as a relief worker involves. Louise’s role could very well inspire others to join the team and it’s very clear that caring for older people and adults with disabilities who need the support is indeed a rewarding job.

“There is always a demand for social care staff and if you’re interested in this role, I encourage you to learn more and apply.”

Join the Adult Social Care and Public Health team as a Relief Care and Reablement Support Worker. As part of the role, you will receive training and on-going support. For further information about the role and to apply, visit


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