Ensuring our residents are supported by the most caring, dedicated and professional team is a key focus for Sara Hegarty.
Our newly appointed Senior HR Recruitment Adviser is the pivotal link between applicants and vacancies at eight of our homes in West Dorset, Salisbury, Winchester and Chichester.
As both a provider and employer of choice, we do all we can to attract the right candidates whatever the role – a policy Sara aims to continue.
“It’s much more than just matching a CV with a job spec,” says Sara. “The best thing is going out into the homes and seeing what difference it makes having the right people in the teams, seeing what goes on every day. I was talking to a resident who was saying what nice staff we have. That felt so rewarding.”
Based at our Colten House head office in Ringwood, Sara has joined us with ten years’ recruitment experience, mostly gained in agencies. “I wanted to move in-house and work for a company that was providing support to people. The care sector is a new departure for me but I knew Colten Care runs good quality homes and is very well established. This is a real opportunity to use my skills to help the company continue to find the right staff.”
The Covid pandemic has put a temporary end to recruitment open days at our homes so much of Sara’s early work with us has been on the web, tapping the potential of social media and online message boards to find candidates.
Sara grew up in Reading and moved to Bournemouth in 2007. She lives with her partner Kev and cat Astrid. Outside work, Sara and Kev enjoy mountain biking, camping and photography.