Tomorrow (Thursday 17 March) is Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection. A day dedicated to showing support and giving thanks to workers in the social care sector for their work throughout the pandemic and paying tribute to those who sadly lost their lives to COVID-19 while protecting others.
Social care workers put themselves on the frontline to care for those in most need at a time of great uncertainty. As we reach the two-year mark since the beginning of the pandemic, it’s important that everyone in Barnsley reflects on the immense sacrifices made by care workers each day, prioritising care for those most at risk during a time of great uncertainty.
Residents can join in the day of reflection by attending the Skills for Care online event from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Personal stories will be shared at the event, as well as a reading of a specially written poem dedicated to care workers.
A virtual memorial wall is also available for people to share their messages of thanks and support and tributes to those who have died at The Care Workers Charity website.
Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: “I want to say a huge thank you on behalf of Barnsley to each and every care worker across our borough for the heroic efforts they’ve shown throughout the pandemic to keep others safe.
“I would also like to pay tribute to those who have sadly lost their lives to COVID-19 while protecting others; their determination to keep people safe has had a life-changing effect on residents in our borough.
“I encourage everyone in Barnsley to take a moment to reflect on the challenges that social care workers have faced. This has been an incredibly difficult two years; however, because of the resilience of our communities who have supported one another, we are still strong as we continue to stop the spread of the virus and protect each other.”
The Library @ the Lightbox will be holding a Proud to Care pop-up stall on Thursday, 17 March, to provide more information around how residents can begin their journey to a rewarding career in the care sector. Information on how people can join a resilient and supportive workforce can also be found on the Proud to Care webpage.