Festival of well-being of care workers - 4 September 2019
Guest blog by Karolina Gerlich - Care Worker, CEO and Founding Director of the National Association of Care and Support Workers
Let’s celebrate all that is good about people who work in care with the second annual Professional Care Workers’ Day on 4 September!
For too long, social care has been undervalued: despite delivering amazing care in a difficult economic climate, struggling for political attention, and being treated as a support system to the NHS. It has been undervalued despite delivering against all odds, often at the personal cost to staff, and requiring the sacrifices care workers have to make to look after people well.
Delivering care is a skilled and unique profession that deserves recognition, respect, and celebration. The skills and expertise care workers deliver every day make a significant difference to the lives of people they work with and support. This is not always fully appreciated or understood until people experience this care first hand.
In short, social care is about helping people live better lives.
Care workers build relationships through which they are able to deliver person-centred and relationship-centred care. We are frequently on the frontline of care - enabling people to live the lives they wish to, whilst helping them to manage their health and social care needs.
Care workers go beyond giving the physical care that helps people; they provide companionship and psychological support. No value can be placed on the ability to make someone laugh or smile and make their day better.
The role is complex, and requires high levels of patience and empathy.
To be a care worker, you need to enjoy working with people. Reward and recognition have improved, but the profession is still not valued from a monetary perspective. People go into care because they care; they want to look after people; and because making other people happy is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world.
On 4 September we will be celebrating Professional Care Workers' Day – celebrating those who aim to deliver fantastic care each and every day.
We are going to shout out loud: that care workers are skilled professionals who need to be respected and valued more. We want the industry to come together and applaud those who are there day in and day out, in the snow, scorching sun and pouring rain; at night, at Christmas, and on Sundays.
We aspire to making care workers feel special for the awe-inspiring work that they do.
Let's all come together to celebrate care workers!
This national event will be held in London, along with a few regional events across the country. This year's theme is focused on well-being; so we will have free consultations with physiotherapists, psychologists, nutritionists, beauty and massage therapists, money and career advice, along with more ways to help care workers look after themselves and feel better.
We would like to invite providers to get involved and hold their own celebrations. Last year we received great pictures of cards, gift bags, tea and drinks parties. People really showed their staff that their work is valued, and celebrated working as teams and providing great care.
What will you do to demonstrate the value and recognition you place on care workers?
To download the #ProfessionalCareWorkersDay starter pack and find out more about how you can get involved visit nacas.org.uk
Contact me at Karolina@nacas.org.uk
Support us on social media using the hashtag #ProfessionalCareWorkersDay
Help us make this another day to remember!