Milton Keynes care provider offers accommodation and jobs to Ukrainian refugees

Milton Keynes care provider, PJ Care, is offering jobs and accommodation to people fleeing the war in Ukraine

The specialist provider, which runs two care centres in the town, wants to welcome up to 10 people of working age. 

The company will provide them with somewhere to stay and paid employment until they can return to their homes.

“Like many people, we have been moved by the terrible situation in Ukraine and feel we can do something to help,” said PJ Care’s Chairman, Neil Russell. 

“The difficulty we have is that, unlike families, there is no clear route for companies willing to offer a home to Ukrainian refugees.  We would very much like to hear from individuals or organisations locally that we can work with to find people we could support.”

PJ Care runs the Mallard House and Bluebirds care centres which are home to adults living with progressive neurological conditions such as Huntington’s disease and young onset dementia, and people with acquired brain injuries.

The group recently lost 4% of its team due to the mandatory vaccination scheme, which has now been scrapped, and has since been on a drive to recruit staff.

The company is open to taking Ukrainians aged 18 and over and will provide accommodation in Milton Keynes where they can easily access the care centres by public transport.

“While experience in care is often a bonus, it’s not a requirement for anyone wanting to work with us as we give excellent training,” added Neil. 

“The qualities of care, compassion and commitment are more important as they are skills we can’t teach you.  Ideally we would like to offer places to those people who have good English.

“We will still be actively looking for staff from the local community alongside those from Ukraine.”

Staff at PJ Care comprise 44 different nationalities and the company is award-winning for its equality, diversity and inclusion policies.

“We have a strong focus on staff welfare and will do our utmost to make people welcome and provide some sense of comfort and stability,” concluded Neil. “We are conscious that people will need time to adjust to the loss of their homes and new surroundings, and the full support of our Wellbeing team will be available to them.”

Organisations wishing to help or individuals who would like to find out more should contact Arun Bassral at recruitment@pjcare.co.uk