The social care sector has been undervalued: despite delivering amazing care in a difficult economic climate, struggling for political attention alongside Brexit, and being treated as a support system to the NHS. It has been undervalued despite delivering against all odds, often at the personal cost to staff, and requiring the sacrifices care workers have to make to look after people well.
Delivering care is a skilled and unique profession that deserves recognition, respect, and celebration. The skills and expertise care workers deliver every day make a significant difference to the lives of people they work with and support. This is not always fully appreciated or understood until people experience this care first hand.
In short, social care is about helping people live better lives.
To be a care worker, you need to enjoy working with people. Reward and recognition has improved, but the profession is still not valued from a monetary perspective. People go into care because they care; want to look after people; and because making other people happy is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world.
On the 4th of September National Association of Care & Support Workers (NACAS) will be celebrating Professional Care Workers’ Day – celebrating those who aim to deliver fantastic care each and every day, and they are going to shout out loud: that care workers are skilled professionals who need to be respected and valued more. They want the industry to come together and applaud those who are there day in and day out, in the snow, scorching sun and pouring rain; at night, at Christmas, and on Sundays.
This year’s event is in London, along with a few regional events across the country. This year’s theme is focused on well-being; so, there will be free consultations with physiotherapists, psychologists, nutritionists, beauty and massage therapists, money and career advice, along with more ways to help care workers look after themselves and feel better.
NACAS would like to invite providers to get involved and hold their own celebrations. Last year they received great pictures of cards, gift bags, tea and drinks parties. People really showed their staff that their work is valued, and celebrated working as teams and providing great care.
Get involved and celebrate this exciting new event by promoting the initiative across social media, using the hashtag #ProfessionalCareWorkersDay
To get involved, hold a regional event, support the cause, and find out more please contact me at Karolina@nacas.org.uk
And to download the #ProfessionalCareWorkersDay starter pack please visit our website, nacas.org.uk
Help make this another day to remember!