Care heroes to be recognised in monthly scheme

Support Social Care Heroes has launched a monthly rolling awards programme for workers in the sector.

Care workers across the country are set to be recognised for their work in a monthly rolling awards programme.

As pressures on social care workers continue, Support Social Care Heroes (SSCH) has launched its first programme since being established last year.

Employers are encouraged to nominate their staff for a care home hero award.

Taking part is straightforward - post a photo of your employee of the month, with their permission, and which care home you represent to social media with the hashtag #SocialCareHeroAward and tag the SSCH page. Employers should write, in 160 characters, why the person is a social care hero.

All nominations will be curated by the SSCH team and each month a winner will be chosen at random.

Each winner will receive a £50 voucher for the grocery store of their choice and the nominating care home will receive a bunch of flowers. The prizes have been sponsored by VAT Solutions.

Support Social Care Heroes was founded last year and is launching its first awards scheme.

SSCH, which is in the process of achieving charitable status, aims to preserve, protect and improve the health and wellbeing of those providing social care.

There are 1.54m people working in social care in the UK and this is expected to increase to 2.17m by 2035. 

"Every month we know many care homes already reward the ‘employee of the month’ and we felt we should do something to bring all these nominations together from around the country to celebrate our care heroes," says Nicola Richards, founder of SSCH.

"This is the first step in our long-term plans to ensure those who need care, and those caring for them, are valued by society. Our country’s social care heroes have been on the front line and in the headlines for over 18 months and this idea will help show them that they are valued and recognise the work they do."

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