|Families praise The Deal on World Social Work Day
From the expectation of a loved one spending their life sat in a day centre to the reality of them volunteering and playing a vital role in the community, the way social care has changed was praised as part of World Social Work Day 2017.
People whose lives were transformed through social care came together with social care workers to celebrate the positive impact social work has played on so many people across the borough at an event at Holy Catholic Family Hall in Platt Bridge on Tuesday.
Among those to talk about the benefits was Susan Jones whose son Alexander had been given the chance to volunteer and take control of his care – all thanks to the changing way of working encouraged through The Deal for Adult Social Care and Health, which was introduced in 2015.
By having a different conversation with the family, social care workers have been able to give Alexander many opportunities to get involved in the community and enjoy experiences his parents never thought he would get the chance to try.
The event also heard from many people like Dan Ryan who volunteers at Fur Clempt Café by whipping up extraordinary cakes and charity Embrace as well as enjoying a performance from the singer who has been given the opportunity to make a difference.
To round the day off Skils CIC also brought along The Buzz Pod which gives people the chance to learn a range of skills from engineering to recording in the mobile recording studio and were interviewing people about their thoughts on social care.
Councillor Keith Cunliffe, who was among the speakers on the day, said: “It was fantastic to hear the stories from so many people who have had their lives transformed for the better thanks to our social care workers. This is all thanks to The Deal for Adult Social Care and Health which has revolutionised the way they work by focusing on people’s abilities rather than their disability and listening to how we can help them play a part in their community while enriching their lives.
“Social care workers role are all too often under-appreciated but this event was just one small way that we can recognise the positive impact they have on so many families.”
Further events are planned to celebrate the work of social care workers across the borough.