A care provider is calling for caring individuals to join its team to help look after the elderly and vulnerable during its busiest time of the year.

Abacare says the winter months are some of its busiest as the cold weather can affect its service users greatly.

Joe Jenkins, Branch Manager at Abacare’s Ystradgynlais office, said: “Pre and post-Christmas is our busiest time of the year, so we’re putting a call out to anyone out there who wants to kick off their New Year with a new career and join our team.

“The cold weather can really effect the service users we look after.

"The elderly are much more susceptible to illness in the cold weather, meaning they may need additional care and many of them are not able to get out and about as easily as they would in the summer due to freezing temperatures and snow or ice, so the number of errands they need carers to run for them can increase.

“We’re not the only ones that feel the pressure in winter though, other health services also face high patient numbers and long waiting lists in emergency departments.

"At this time of year elderly people are admitted to emergency departments with multiple health problems.

“It was recently announced that the Department of Health in Northern Ireland would put up £3million to help health and social care services deal with winter pressures and we think this is a real step in the right direction and something we would like to see happen in England and Wales too as it would be a real benefit to us.”

Anyone interested in a position should call 01639 844155 to request an application pack.