Social care bodies across England have joined together to launch Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection, 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 launch will be announced on Tuesday 7 September, with the day itself being held in March 2022.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Keep involved with the day on social media using #RememberSocialCare.
Find out more about Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection > www.thecareworkerscharity.org.uk/covid-19-tribute/
A full list of the 21 partners involved can be found below with all partners open to providing further comment.
- Association for Real Change
- Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO)
- Association of Mental Health Providers
- British Association of Social Workers (BASW)
- Care Provider Alliance (CPA)
- Care England
- The Care Workers’ Charity
- Local Government Association (LGA)
- Learning Disability England
- National Development Team for Inclusion
- National Care Association
- National Care Forum (NCF)
- National Association of Care & Support Workers (NACAS)
- Research in Practice
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
- SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers)
- Shared Lives Plus
- Skills for Care
- UK Homecare Association (UKHCA)
Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG)