A CARE group is set to recruit 16 new staff as it expands its services.

Whittle-le-Woods-based Brothers of Charity Services is looking to further expand its team of 400 staff after new contract gains saw a near 50 per cent growth in its specialist support services in the past year.

Brothers of Charity Services provides services from both Lisieux Hall, Whittle-le-Woods and increasingly in the community itself, helping people with learning disabilities to lead more fulfilled and independent lives.

It is currently expanding its boundaries not just in terms of the services provided, but also geographically and it now provides services in East and West Lancashire, Wigan, Blackburn and Darwen.

Richard Stowe, head of specialist support teams at Brothers of Charity Services, said: “This is a truly exciting time for our organisation.

“After a period of consolidation and much planning, we are delighted to announce these new services.

“We are also extremely pleased that this new work has created 16 new specialist support worker roles.

“We are particularly excited with the development of our new respite service that will allow our guests to have a great holiday experience, whilst the people they love have an opportunity for a well-deserved rest. We are expanding our core care services in the community and are looking for individuals with varying levels of caring experience to work as support workers.

“These are both full and part-time opportunities and will benefit from Brothers of Charity Services’ award winning in-house train- ing,” he added.