Social Work Awards, the charity behind the annual Social Worker of the Year Awards, has launched a new initiative to support and recognise inspirational social work during the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Social Work Stories’ is an online hub and safe space for social workers to share their stories, experiences and thoughts, and support one another through these challenging times.
Social workers are encouraged in the first instance to email their stories in any format such as a short blog, poem, captioned photograph, video or audio file. All approved stories will be posted to the Social Work Awards website and shared across social media, to bring light to difficult days for colleagues in social work and social care.
Peter Hay CBE, Chair of Social Work Awards, said: “As a charity, we want to remain a home for recognition and support.
“Right now, we can share our hope, our brighter moments and our stories from the front line. We can continue to inspire one another and bring greater public recognition to the thousands of social workers supporting communities around the UK.“
2021 will be the 10th anniversary year of the charity and together with sponsors and corporate partners the Trustees are looking into holding a series of regional recognition events which could give the opportunity to reflect on the extraordinary times of Covid-19, share experiences of the hardships and losses and give recognition to social workers in each region.