Shining the light on our social care heroes for Hertfordshire Good Care Month

Published: 05 Jul 2019


This July we will be celebrating amazing care workers like Valerie Busari who love the work they do, as well as highlighting opportunities available to pursue a rewarding career in social care.

A former nurse and midwife, Valerie enjoys her work visiting people with additional needs in their own homes, helping to support them with their day-to-day lives and getting out and about.

A series of events are being held at care settings across the county throughout Hertfordshire Good Care Month to help to highlight the great care work that people like Valerie do.

The initiative is part of Hertfordshire County Council’s Good Care campaign, run in partnership with Hertfordshire Care Providers Association (HCPA) and is aimed at encouraging more people to think about a career working in adult social care.

Valerie says: “I’ve always loved to care. I’ve cared all my life. I’ve been a nurse, a midwife, I’ve been all that. But caring for someone who cannot really care for themselves is a really fulfilling feeling… My clients tell me “thank you” almost all the time and I am like “I am doing my job”, but they say “you are doing above and beyond for me”. That touches you and you feel very appreciative of these people and it makes you want to do more for them.”

It takes a special person to be a care worker like Valerie. You can find out more about her rewarding role by watching this video at: http://bit.ly/2xrRYad

Councillor Richard Roberts, Executive Member, Adult Care and Health for Hertfordshire County Council, said:

“There are thousands of amazing care workers working in Hertfordshire like Valerie, but we need more kind and compassionate people to join them.”

There are currently 31,000 people working in adult social care in Hertfordshire, but each year 4,000 new care workers need to be recruited to keep pace with an increasing demand for care services in the county.

Cllr Roberts adds: “We are looking for caring and enthusiastic people who are keen to make a difference to the lives of residents who need an extra helping hand in Hertfordshire. Whether you’re a school leaver, looking to switch careers or are returning to work after a break, then we hope you’ll consider working in care. There are plenty of rewarding and fulfilling job opportunities, along with flexible hours, training and routes for career progression.”

At Hertfordshire County Council, we have been lobbying for greater recognition and rewards for care workers so that more people are attracted to working in care. We value our care workers and are constantly looking for initiatives to improve standards and learning and development opportunities. We have recently worked with HCPA to launch the new Hertfordshire Care Professional Standards Academy, a free online platform where care workers can demonstrate their qualifications to employers and earn rewards as they learn new skills.

Wesley Strahan-Hughes, Head of Operations at HCPA, said: “Throughout July, lots of our Hertfordshire care providers, including care homes and home care agencies, will be hosting events to celebrate care workers like Valerie and the people they support. They will also be taking to social media to share their good care stories. This is a great opportunity to join in the conversation about good care and to post messages of support and thanks for care workers who look after a loved one or a friend.

“We will be supporting care providers via our Hertfordshire Good Care Recruitment service to help fill their vacancies free of charge. If you are interested in a career in care, then please visit the website now to find out what opportunities are available.”

For more information about working in care or to search for roles in this area, go to: www.hertsgoodcare.com

You can share your Good Care stories or thank a care worker on social media throughout July by tagging @hertsgoodcare, @hertscc on Twitter and @hertscountycouncil on Facebook. Don’t forget to include #WeCare and #goodcare.

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