Recently we have made the decision to increase our starting hourly rate for support workers £9.90 per hour. Although this will add strain to the finances, we need to value our staff and their skills. Recruitment is difficult throughout Social Care at present and Peggy’s is keen to recruit staff who are motivated, compassionate and want to work with families living with dementia, older age and mental health difficulties. We also have a Pay Related scheme to encourage staff to want to develop. Usually this will include training in Trauma Informed Care (Dr Pat Frankish, psychologist) and also the Positive Approaches to Care (Teepa Snow with our inhouse trainer).