A total of 21 organisations supported by the Department of Health and Social Care and Minister of State for Social Care Helen Whately, have come together to launch the memorial day dedicated to the adult social care workforce in England, which will be held in March 2022.
The past year has been particularly challenging for the social care workforce who have continued to work tirelessly and make huge sacrifice in face of the pandemic, with an estimated 922 social care workers in England tragically lost their lives between March 2020 and May 2021.
The purpose of Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection is to thank those social care workers who provided crucial care and support during these tough times, and to remember those workers who sadly lost their lives to COVID-19.
Minister for Care, Helen Whately, says: The whole country recognises the bravery of the social care workforce, NHS staff and many others who put themselves at risk to save lives during this global pandemic. Our hearts go out to the families, friends and colleagues who have sadly lost loved ones and we will take this time to honour and remember them.
We have worked to protect health and social care staff throughout the pandemic and we will continue to support them and their families in any way we can.
Oonagh Smyth, CEO at Skills for Care, says: We are delighted to announce the launch of Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection today, alongside 20 other trusted organisations who we know are as passionate and dedicated to supporting the social care workforce as we are.
The purpose of Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection is to thank those social care workers who continued to provide crucial care and support during the pandemic, and to remember those dedicated members of our sector who sadly lost their lives to COVID-19.
As we lead up to the day itself in March we encourage those who work in social care, those who draw on care and support, and all members of the public to share their tributes to those people in the social care workforce who have had a positive impact on their lives and communities, through our online Memorial Wall and Thank You Wall. We look forward to marking the day in March – a day which is sure to be one of mixed emotions as we reflect on the vital contribution of the social care workforce during the pandemic and at all times, and we encourage as many people as possible to join in and ‘Remember Social Care’ on this day.
A Memorial Wall and Thank You Wall have been launched on The Care Workers’ Charity website where people can share tributes to care workers lost during the pandemic and say thank you to those who provided vital support.
People can add their stories to the walls in the lead up to the day in March.
Other ways in which care providers, care workers, those who draw on care and support, and any other individual can participate on the day include planting a tree in honour of a lost care worker, having a minute’s silence, or creating a piece of art.
Further information on events that will take place on the day and how to get involved can be found on The Care Workers’ Charity website and will continue to be announced in the lead up to the day in March.
Keep involved with the day on social media using #RememberSocialCare.