Sunderland care home firm creates 350 jobs

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A HOUSING firm is creating 350 new jobs to help care for Sunderland’s older people.

Housing 21, which provides housing and care services, has announced recruitment programme of an 18-month new home development.

The company has five new “extra care” schemes already or soon to come under development.

The extra care developments are a relatively new style of housing for older people, aiming to give them more independence while ensuring they have the support they need.

Housing 21 already employs about 180 people across Sunderland, but by March of next year it is estimated that figure will increase to 550.

Claire Charlton, Locality Manager for Housing 21 said: “These job opportunities are great news for local people. Among the new jobs we are creating are service team managers, care co-ordinators, administrators, senior care workers, care workers and domestic staff.

“We are therefore looking for people with a variety of skills and in return can offer flexible working hours, great training and development opportunities as well as career progression.”

The first vacancies are at Dovecote Meadow in Fordfield Road, a 175 apartment extra care scheme which is being developed in three phases.

The first residents are expected to move in from March. Further vacancies will be available at the new extra care schemes in Hendon, Roker and Southwick.

•Further more information on the Dovecote Meadow vacancies, contact Maureen Hall, services team manager on 0370 192 4420 or 07715 085128, or email

Those interested can also contact Kasim Chaudry, recruitment manager, on 0303 123 1281 or 07715 085152, or email

Recruitment updates will also be posted on Housing 21’s website,