The Surrey Care Association is set to host a virtual celebration of social care in the county as it looks to mark the incredible work undertaken by adult social care workers throughout the coronavirus crisis.
Aiming to celebrate the outstanding dedication displayed by carers since the advent of COVID-19, the association is doing away with its usual annual awards, which recognise individual achievements across the year, and is instead hosting the celebration in acknowledgement of the tremendous work that’s been done right across the sector.
Set for Friday 20th November, the event will be hosted via Zoom call, and will be looking to celebrate the industry’s contribution to combatting the impact of the virus using a collage of positive, vibrant videos that showcase the best of social care.
Erica Lockhart, Chief Executive of the Surrey Care Association, said: “As a sector, we’ve been at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus, supporting and caring for the most vulnerable in society. Following a very tough time, we’re looking to celebrate our achievements by hosting a positive event that highlights the very best of carers and the caring industry.”
She added: “We’re not limiting it to professional social care workers though, and are inviting those who look after relatives at home to also get involved – with part of this being a collage of video clips that serve to display the rewarding nature of care.”
The Surrey Care Association is asking providers and carers to submit videos that demonstrate how their teams or individuals have kept both themselves and those they care for entertained during an extremely challenging time.
The event is open to anyone who operates in a care capacity, so if they care for a loved one, or have a loved one in receipt of care either at a care home or via homecare they’re free to register their interest – and are also welcome to submit a video.
The collated videos will be broken down into multiple categories which will be highlighted during the event and cover the following:
1) Best PPE dress up
2) Inventive Lockdown Programme for residents/service users
3) Family lockdown catch up
4) Staff dance and music
5) Creative cooking
6) Recognising teams
Erica Lockhart said: “Many care providers have been sharing their experiences during the pandemic via video – either over zoom calls or via WhatsApp or by using other sharing platforms as they help to keep people informed and connected. Consequently then, we know there’s a wealth of brilliant footage out there, and we’re asking people to send these into us so that we can create a wonderful vision of care in Surrey.”