Michael’s Story

Michael lives at a supported living scheme in Bramham, and often likes to help with the recruitment of staff. He volunteered recently to help with a recruitment day at our registered care home, Errol House in Boston Spa.

Michael arrived early, full of smiles looking forward to meeting the candidates. He had come prepared with canvases, paints and other art materials and was hoping to do some paintings with the candidates. It was going to be a long day but Michael was undeterred and knew what questions he would be asking and what he was looking for in a support worker.

The first person to arrive was the CQC inspector to do an unannounced inspection. She was introduced to Michael and he explained what he was doing at Errol House. Other people arrived to help Michael recruit and candidates were duly given advice on what was required of them with regard to participating in the “art class”. There was a lot of laughter, and a lot of questions for the candidates. The standard of the art work produced by Michael was amazing as you can see by the photographs. He also made a lovely Valentines card which he sent to his Valentine – but we won’t mention any names as she may read this and know who sent her the card!

Michael went home at 5.00 pm; it had been a long day for him, however he said that he had enjoyed himself and would be back the following day to do it all again.

The CQC inspector left at 7.40 pm and in her feedback commented that it was wonderful to see service users involved in the recruitment process.