Social care organisations across England have joined together today to launch #RememberSocialCare ― a campaign to honour the work of the adult social care workforce during the pandemic, and those we sadly lost.
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. The remembrance day itself will be held in March 2022.
An estimated 922 social care workers in England tragically lost their lives between March 2020 and May 2021.
Minister for Care, Helen Whately, said, ‘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.’
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.
A Memorial Wall and Thank You Wall has 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.
Those behind the Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection request people to 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.
Karolina Gerlich, CEO of The Care Workers’ Charity, said, ‘We are proud to be collaborating with a variety of partners for the launch of Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection. The sacrifices made by the social care workforce during the pandemic must be acknowledged, and the sector must be respected and recognised properly. We hope that this Day will ensure people remember the skill and dedication of social care workers as the professional frontline workers that they are.’
Organisations supporting the Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection include Association for Real Change (ARC), Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO), Association of Mental Health Providers, Care England, The Care Workers’ Charity, Local Government Association (LGA), Learning Disability England, National Care Forum (NCF), Skills for Care, UKHCA and VODG.
Keep involved with the day on social media using #RememberSocialCare.
Visit the Care Workers Charity website for more information about the #RememberSocialCare campaign.
In other news, Leading organisations from different sectors have today backed the forthcoming Associated Retirement Communities Conference (ARCO), as momentum for change continues at pace.