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ISS Healthcare encourages Wales to get birdwatching

Published: 27th January 2021 09:49


A WELSH care agency is backing the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ (RSPB) Big Garden Birdwatch campaign (January 29 - 31, 2021) and says birdwatching is beneficial for its service users.

ISS Healthcare in Torfaen is encouraging its service users and members of the public to take part and record sightings of gardeners’ feathered friends.

Caroline Jones, Regional Manager at ISS Healthcare, which has offices at Torfaen Business Centre, said: “We’re always looking for activities for our service users to take part in and we think the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, which takes place from January 29 until 31, is perfect. Birdwatching is not a physically demanding activity, so is ideal for those who are less mobile or housebound, but it is mentally very beneficial.

“Watching birds from the window or from a garden offers a range of sensory stimulation. Noticing the patterns and colours in their feathers and their behaviour when feeding helps to engage the brain and learning about the different species is great for the memory.

“To take part people need to sign up for a pack at www.rspb.org.uk and dedicate one hour between January 29 – 31 in their garden, local park or green space and count the birds they see land. They note down what species they see and report their findings back to the RSPB. Results can also be sent via post.

“We encourage people taking part to please follow all social distancing guidelines and only take part in public spaces if it is part of their daily exercise allowance.”

The Big Garden Birdwatch allows the RSPB to monitor trends and helps it understand how birds are doing.

The scientific data can be compared year-on-year creating a ‘snapshot’ of bird numbers across the UK.

For four decades, the Big Garden Birdwatch has highlighted the winners and losers in the garden bird world. It was one of the first surveys to alert the RSPB to the decline in the number of song thrushes in gardens. This species was a firm fixture in the top 10 in 1979, but by 2019 numbers of song thrushes seen in gardens had declined by 76%, coming in at number 20.

Caroline added: “We’re hoping that our service users will enjoy the activity so much that they take it up more regularly. It’s a lovely hobby to have and do individually or with a carer or family friend or relative.”

ISS Healthcare provides care support to thousands of people, with services commissioned through authorities in the area or purchased privately by individual service users or their families.

Its aim is to deliver care, which improves the lives of its service users and that treats them, and their families, with respect, dignity and compassion.

ISS Healthcare believes its services should not only comply with regulatory standards, but that it also delivers excellence and promote overall wellbeing.

ISS Healthcare offers flexible and supported work for kind, committed and reliable people, who have excellent communication skills and a genuine care for others.

To enquire about a position, people can call ISS Healthcare on 01495 759977 or leave a message on its Facebook page at https://bit.ly/345tgvU. Alternatively, people can apply for positions via Indeed at https://indeedhi.re/2JBKAiU.

Caroline added: “Being a carer is a highly skilled, professional vocational occupation that is essential to the fabric of our society and the beauty of a job for life means people can start at the very bottom and work their way up with training and qualifications.

“New recruits are given free uniforms, access to national staff discount scheme for many major brands, as well as 28 days paid holiday, paid travel between calls and paid mileage.

“We offer competitive wages, generous holiday allocation and a refer a friend bonus scheme. It is a great opportunity for people to achieve recognised qualifications and they’ll also have access to exclusive discounts online and in-store from retailers including Tesco, Primark and Argos, as well as discounts covering holidays and electrical goods.

Being a carer is a highly skilled, professional vocational occupation that is essential to the fabric of our society and the beauty of a job for life means people can start by training with us and work their way up the career ladder gaining further training and qualifications. In today’s changing world of employment, we pride ourselves on being able to offer long-term job security and career prospects.”

For more information about ISS Healthcare, please call 01495 759977 or visit www.isshealthcare.co.uk.

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