Social Care: Making a difference to transform people's lives
A new campaign is shining a light on the social care workforce in Northern Ireland.
The ‘Social Care-Making a Difference’ campaign has been developed by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council on behalf of the Department of Health as part of its ongoing work to reform Adult Social Care.
The campaign highlights that social care staff are an integral and valued part of the health and social workforce and their work is critical to the sustainable provision of social care services now and in the future.
It’s hoped the campaign will inspire the right people to consider a career in social care and also help the general public gain a greater appreciation and awareness of the role of our skilled and dedicated social care workforce.
The campaign is centred on local social care workers, whose stories are told through a series of video testimonials and unique images captured by Ireland’s only Pulitizer award winning photographer, Cathal McNaughton. Highlighting the diversity, impact and importance of social care and the positive difference it makes in people’s lives the videos and images can be found at Social Care Stories.
Currently, almost 44,000 people are registered as social care workers in Northern Ireland, making care workers the largest part of the health and social care workforce.
Social care workers are individuals who help to support, care for, protect and empower people to live as well and as independently as possible. They deliver a range of practical help and emotional support to individuals, families and communities. Working in social care requires staff to be compassionate, kind and skilled in delivering a quality service to the people being supported.
Retail to Care – Stephanie McAleese
Stephanie worked as a deli assistant before a career change led her to social care – she believes there is no other job that is as fulfilling as a social care worker.
Interested in a career in social care? Discover how you can make a difference at: niscc.info