From 6th – 10th September 2021, Professional Care Workers Week ran for a fourth time, with an aim of shining a light on the excellent work conducted in the social care sector. The platform is organised by the Care Workers Charity and is aimed to provide a virtual space to explore some of the issues faced by those working within the sector and social care more generally.
Care and support workers have a role that is both challenging and rewarding, and has been especially so given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. During a period of absolute global uncertainty, the most vulnerable individuals in our society have been looked after in care homes, supported living facilities, or their own homes. The 2 million people working in social care, being a part of one of the largest workforces in the UK, deserve to be recognised, and we believe the Professional Care Workers Week aims to recognise this and appreciate the hard work.
The meeting aimed to provide the opportunity for those working in the industry to come together, and share best practice, advice, their own personal experiences. Additionally, it provided a forum to discuss the future of social care amongst the rise of technology, focusing on the best means to retain and build the workforce. Across the four days there were a series of free webinars and panel discussions, which each year will be available and free of charge for anyone to attend. An array of exciting speakers were also able to share their expertise on a range of interesting topics.
The week running in 2021 was gratefully sponsored by Sekoia, Slater and Gordon, Avery Healthcare, Care Shop, Bevan Brittan and Towergate Insurance.
Chief Executive Officer of The Care Workers’ Charity, said ‘We are thrilled to announce the return of Professional Care Workers’ Week this September, and hope you will join us as we bring the social care community together to raise much needed awareness of the sector and to share admiration for our incredible workforce.’