The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for everyone, and particularly those working to protect Devon’s most vulnerable residents. As the second anniversary of the first lockdown approaches, the Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection on Thursday 17 March gives us the opportunity to honour the vital work the social care sector has done to keep people safe and well, and to remember the people working in social care who we have sadly lost during pandemic.
People in Devon are encouraged to take part in the day by displaying the county’s flower, the primrose, as either a tribute to a lost loved one, a thank you to a care worker who has provided vital support to you or someone you know, or a well done to a colleague who worked hard to help keep the people they support safe during the pandemic.
There’s a special ‘Devon primrose’ Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection graphic and profile picture available to download to use on social media, as well as an A4 poster to print, colour-in and proudly display.
Lucy Bull, who represents the Devon Care Homes Collaborative, said:
“It is lovely to see social care workers recognised in this way.
“It has been an extraordinary time for us all in adult social care and for us to pause and reflect on this is very special.
“Whilst restrictions in the wider world are relaxed, care workers continue to work hard to keep residents safe.
“Devon Care Homes Collaborative is striving to ensure that carers receive a fair wage, so that the true value and contribution of care work is accurately reflected in their salary.
“When you see a Social Care Day primrose this week, consider the impact each carer has on the most critically vulnerable in society and join us in giving thanks for them.
“There is so much more work to be done to ensure adult social care is valued properly and this special primrose is a step in the right direction.”
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Social Work Week will take place between Monday 14 and Friday 18 March 2022. It aims to bring people together to learn, connect, and engage around social work, and encourage everyone to reflect on the significant events, challenges, and successes of the profession in 2021. You can find out more about the programme of events happening throughout the week on the Social Work England website. The week will complement the annual World Social Work Day celebrations on Tuesday 15 March 2022, which recognises the hard work and dedication of social workers on an international stage.