Social Work Week is here! It’s the first of its kind in England, bringing with it a whole week’s worth of national online events, including workshops, discussion panels, wellbeing sessions and renowned speakers.
We are marking Social Work Week, Monday 8 – Friday 12 March, by sharing the experiences and reflections of our colleagues from Adult Social Care and the integrated services they work alongside, in a Daily Diaries series. Shining a spotlight on social care, these accounts are an insight into the roles of social care staff and how our services work together to care for our community.
But first, let’s hear from our Associate Director for Adult Social Care, Sarah Alldis:
I have been a social worker since 1994 and still feel incredibly proud of our profession, proud to work alongside so many fantastic colleagues and privileged for opportunities the role and profession affords. Social work is fundamentally a human rights-based profession with key values to support and protect the public, enable positive change and ultimately improve people’s lives.
Recognising the value that social work adds to society, particularly throughout the challenges of the pandemic, is Social Work Week, which runs until this Friday 12 March. It is an opportunity to reflect and celebrate; considering the role of social workers and how they support the needs of our patients and service users in the community.Sarah Alldis, Associate Director for Adult Social Care
Back to our Daily Diaries – here are just a few highlights from our Adult Social Care staff and their colleagues:
What makes the job worth it is when you see the difference you’ve made to an individual or family – when your actions have made their day-to-day lives easier in some way.Emma Fielding, Social Worker
I chose this role because I knew that I would be able to make a difference to people on a daily basis and that’s what motivates me.Jane Watkins, Social Worker
Having a supportive team and manager help me help the most vulnerable people in this area. I count myself very privileged to do the job I do.Zoe Galvin, Experienced Social Worker
Social work is meeting the needs of our community and making a positive impact within our community one life at a time.Lily Shields, Practice Lead/Student Social Worker
To be a social worker allows us to champion principles of equality and social justice.Padraig O’Dea, Quality Manager for Adult Social Care: Access & Intermediate Care
Integrated working between community nursing and adult social care is a great partnership – we support each other to deliver the best care we can, collaboratively.Laura Barton, Clinical Team Leader, The Warrens Community Nursing team
Take Social Work Week as an opportunity to celebrate you, and to celebrate our social work profession.John Allinson, social work student, Rapid Response team
It is a pleasure to work alongside my social work colleagues who are always there to offer advice or support.Helen Harris, Specialist Nurse Safeguarding Adults
We work with people in crisis and at risk – this is both challenging and rewarding. Making the most vulnerable people in our community safe is our priority.Elaine Rushton, Social Worker, MASH team
I chose to be a social worker because of the passion I have for supporting vulnerable people and working with them to meet their needs and to achieve their potential.Isaiah Adediran, Social Worker
Find out what Adult Social Care services we offer including information on; how to access, eligibility, who our teams are and other local support available. Visit Adult Social Care.