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Today (March 17) is Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection

Today, March 17 is Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection with a dedicated virtual event taking place today. The past year has been a difficult time for the entire adult social care workforce, and today sees the launch of the Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection dedicated to those working across the adult social care sector.

Despite the huge pressures during the pandemic everyone working across social care continued to show incredible skill and tenacity in supporting those who draw on social care across the UK. Today, and the online walls are an opportunity to remember all those in the workforce have made huge sacrifices to provide high quality care, including those who sadly lost their own lives.

A booking link is now available to virtually attend this special event on the day.

Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection is being held by 21 organisations across social care to pay tribute to the incredible work of the dedicated people working across adult social care during the past two years of the pandemic and beyond.

The day remember’ s those social care colleagues we’ve sadly lost to COVID-19. An estimated 969 social care workers lost their lives to COVID-19 between March 2020-September 2021.

A special event is being held in London on the day and will be streamed live for a virtual audience.

Speakers include Oonagh Smyth, CEO of Skills for Care, Gillian Keegan, Minister of State for Care, as well as others working across the social care sector.

A poem dedicated to the social care workforce has been specially written to be read at the event, and there will also be a screening of an exclusive film sharing stories from people working across care about how the pandemic impacted them.

As well as joining the event, there are many other ways to take part in Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection.

A virtual memorial wall and tribute wall has been created where messages of thanks and recognition can be dedicated to people working in social care, whether it’s a colleague, a friend, or someone who supported you. You can also pay tribute to anyone lost.

Organisations and individuals are also being encouraged to get involved in their own way on the day – that could be by planting a tree, hosting a coffee morning, or creating a flower display.

Events and activities taking place on the day, as well as tributes, can be shared on social media using #RememberSocialCare.
You can join the event virtually by registering online:
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