This month, we’re joining Skills for Care in Celebrating Social Care and recognising the vital work carried out by the sector.

This month we're Celebrating Social CareThe national workforce development charity is celebrating the remarkable people who work in social care and is encouraging others to join in their celebrations throughout April.

They want to shine the spotlight on the people working in the sector and the important impact they have on our communities and all the people who access care and support services.

How can you get involved?

People working in social care doing a vital and amazing jobSkills for Care will be sharing good news stories from the care sector across their website and social media channels and are asking that others get involved by sharing their own positive stories and shoutouts for hard-working care workers on social media.

People can use the hashtag #CelebratingSocialCare to add their stories, support or thanks to the campaign.

Skills for Care have made a number of suggestions for how people can get involved with the #CelebratingSocialCare campaign this month, including:

  • Adding a shoutout for a colleague, team or manager for their great work in social care or a recent achievement in the sector
  • Sharing a successful initiative that a social care organisation has been working on
  • Sharing some of the recent activities you or your team have been doing with the people you support
  • Sharing some feedback from people receiving care and support, or their families, about the positive impact that care services have had on them
  • Sharing details about what you love most about working in the sector
  • Adding a shoutout for the people you support
  • Saying thank you to someone – or everyone – working in social care for their hard work and everything they do for the people they support

Skills for Care has provided a number of free resources on their website, including social media images and templates, selfie cards, email signatures and blog templates so people can get involved and share with others what they’re doing this April to join in with #CelebratingSocialCare.

Why we’re celebrating social care

Social care workers and teams need to be celebrated and supportedFirst Response Training (FRT) is a leading, national training provider. They deliver over 7,000 courses each year in the fields of health and safety, first aid, fire safety, food safety, mental health, health and social care and other special focus topics.

Their diverse portfolio includes training awards designed for care workers, such as Infection Control and Prevention, Safeguarding Adults, Duty of Care, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Person Centred Care and Support and many others.

Their course portfolio spans Care Certificate standards, mandatory training awards, clinical skills, special focus courses and training for supervisors and managers.

FRT are joining Skills for Care in #CelebratingSocialCare this April.

Amy Ridge, General Manager at FRT, says:

“People who work in social care are highly-skilled, passionate and hard-working and it’s important that we all take time to recognise the work they do and the impact this has in supporting people who draw on care to live their lives how they choose.

“That’s why at FRT we’re joining in on #CelebratingSocialCare this month.

“We work with a large number of social care providers, employers and their staff on both a regional and national level. This includes major national learning disability care providers, Dimensions (UK) Ltd, Affinity Trust and Potens, as well as Vibrance in London and the South East, Inshore Support in the West Midlands, Enham Trust in Hampshire, and the POBL Group in Wales, to name just a few.

“These organisations and others we work with provide a wide range of specialist care, support, safe accommodation and a varied programme of activities and life skills for people with learning disabilities, autism, dementia, Acquired Brain Injuries, mental health problems and complex needs and they do it with compassion, respect and an unwavering commitment to quality and safety.

“We are proud to work with them and to provide their staff with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to provide these incredible services for the people who need them.

“It’s a privilege to see the work they do and to play a supporting role in this.

“Throughout April, we will be #CelebratingSocialCare by sharing social media posts and adding the new Skills for Care e-mail signature to our own signatures. We also want to continue to support, celebrate and shout out the incredible work of the vital organisations we work with.”

You can get involved in #CelebratingSocialCare too by sharing your support, good news stories and shoutouts for your colleagues on social media tagging @SkillsForCare and using #CelebratingSocialCare.