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Shining a light on Northern Ireland's stellar social care workforce

Over 38,000 social care workers, and counting, are making a difference in people's lives across Northern Ireland. Would you like to join them?

INSPIRING STORIES: Rachael Mackarel is a Senior Support Worker at L’Arche Belfast where she helps adults like Thomas, a keen athlete, to choose his own path and reach his full potential
INSPIRING STORIES: Rachael Mackarel is a Senior Support Worker at L’Arche Belfast where she helps adults like Thomas, a keen athlete, to choose his own path and reach his full potential INSPIRING STORIES: Rachael Mackarel is a Senior Support Worker at L’Arche Belfast where she helps adults like Thomas, a keen athlete, to choose his own path and reach his full potential

Northern Ireland Social Care Council is the regulatation body for NI social care workforce. They are a public body established by the Department of Health to support high quality standards of social work and social care. And their registered social care workforce is the largest within the Health and Social Care sector.

 

Most of us have a loved one that will depend on the support of a care worker at some point in their lives. In fact, it could be you at this very moment or sometime in the near or distant future.

That's the reality of social care. All over Northern Ireland, social care workers play a crucial part in the day-to-day functioning of society. Their skill, talent and dedication makes a tenable difference to the people they support and their loved ones.

The ‘Social Care-Making a Difference’ campaign has been developed by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council to stress the value of social care and encourage people to choose it as a career.

Northern Ireland Social Care Council is the regulatation body for NI social care workforce. They are a public body established by the Department of Health to support high quality standards of social work and social care. And their registered social care workforce is the largest within the Health and Social Care sector.

"We are in the business of independence, interdependence, enabling people to do all that they can for themselves and acknowledging that these adults with learning difficulties have the right to autonomy and choosing their own path. And my job is to step in and make that achievable for them."

The educative 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's series of short films and photographs tell the stories of social care workers, recognising their valuable contribution, and the diversity and flexibility of roles and career choices across the various sectors and care settings.

Working in social care requires staff to be compassionate, kind and skilled in delivering a quality service to the people being supported.

Championing a life without barriers – Rachael Mackarel

Mum of two, Rachael Mackarel is a Senior Support Worker at L’Arche Belfast where for eight years she has been supporting adults, like Thomas, with learning disabilities to live a life without barriers while surrounded by care, compassion and kindness.

Do you want a rewarding career that makes a difference and improves the lives of others? If so, begin your social care journey today and right here at niscc.info