Skills for Care, the workforce development and planning body for adult social care in England, is encouraging care providers, the general public, and local councils such as Warrington Borough Council, to celebrate social care and those working in the sector who support people and communities across the country.
Cllr Paul Warburton, cabinet member for statutory health and adult social care, said: “I’m pleased to be joining others in celebrating the social care sector. We’re proud to deliver social care services across Warrington to support people to live well and as independently as possible, and it is the hard work of everyone working in social care who are making a real difference to the lives of people across the town.”
To celebrate social care and the people working in the sector, the council asked staff to share why they love working in social care and what their career means to them.
Hayley Hibbert, intermediate care at home team manager, said: “I’m so very proud of my career, which has a very simple ethos – I care for people and want to do the best I can to help where help is needed.”
Ellen Waite, registered manager, said: “My current role is both enjoyable and challenging. I support a large team who visit a wide group of service users, which means there is always something new to deal with every day. It is amazing to see the people who the team support regain their independence after a period of ill health or an accident.”
Darren Heaton-Stoll, senior reablement support worker, said “There is something new every day in my role and I never quite know what is going to happen when I pick up the phone each day, but I always know that no matter how the day has been, I have put a smile on someone’s face. I’ve helped someone to become more independent and made a difference for them to live happily in their own homes.”
Beth Bradley, reablement support worker, said: “I love meeting people in their own homes. It is great to hear them say ‘oh I am so glad to see you’ and that they have enjoyed having me there. I love the reablement side of my work and seeing people get back their independence, and the training has helped me become more confident in what I do.”
The council is currently accepting applications for a number of social care roles, including positions in its intermediate care at home team, which works to encourage and help people to become more independent so that they can stay safely in their home environment.
Full training is provided meaning there are job opportunities for those without previous experience but show caring, compassionate and respectful attributes towards supporting people.
Cllr Paul Warburton continued: “Social care is a wide and varied sector, and also a highly fulfilling career choice in which helping others is the common goal. Currently there are a number of social care roles available in Warrington, and it doesn’t matter if you are new to the sector or returning to social care, as you will receive training and support to help you to develop your career.”