Celebrating Good Care Month
Details: Written by Kate Hutchinson
July 2022 is Good Care Month in the United Kingdom, headed by the H.C.P.A the awareness month aims to uplift the profile of the social care sector and highlight key opportunities for career prospects and skills development.
It’s likely that every one of us will have caring responsibilities at some time in our lives. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word ‘care’ means ‘the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something.’ Pretty broad right!?
The Skills Network is here to help equip you with the skills needed to provide better care.
What is better care?
In short, better care means better outcomes for people and carers.
This could be:
- A fair understanding of what being a carer means
- Recognition of the hard work carers do every day
- Increased number of carers upskilling
- Inspiring people pursuing a career in the care sector
This is what Good Care Month is all about.
There are many assumptions around what being a carer looks like. These assumptions can limit our understanding of what it is like to be a carer.
What if we told you a carer isn’t always a fulltime paid professional? They are not qualified in care; they just have care responsibilities for a friend or family.
Every day, another 6000 people take on a caring responsibility in the UK- regardless of their age, finances, personal commitments, and existing skillsets. (1)
How would you feel about caring for somebody in your life?
What can you do to help?
Good Care Month is aimed at both people working in the sector and the general public.
If you work in the social care sector, why not organise an event within your place of work? It could be a picnic party, themed dinner or sport event where the local community can get involved. Share the day on social media to help to raise the profile of care workers and show people how much fun and rewarding a career in care can be.
If you don’t work in the social care sector, the likelihood is you know somebody who does! Why not call into your local care home with a box of biscuits, to show your local carers how much you appreciate them? Get involved with a local event this July? Simply search Good Care Month to find out how you can help in your local area.
Look out for care mascot #BugsyMcGnome who is travelling the length and breadth of the country to see what Good Care activities are happening this month.
What is The Skills Network doing to help?
The Skills Network is partnered with key bodies in the health and care sector, and aim to create self-improvement, development and progression opportunities for the thousands of carers undertaking health and social care courses with us.
We work hard to provide better care training opportunities for carers throughout the country, with free online resources providing upskilling opportunities in a range of care related fields, including:
- Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social Care
- Certificate in Fall Prevention Awareness
- Introducing Caring for Children and Young People
- Certificate in Caring for the Elderly
We understand that being a carer can often mean unsociable hours and unpredictable work patterns. That’s why our health and social care courses can be accessed fully online, for whenever and wherever suits best.
View our range of online courses here
The Skills Network is proud to support Good Care Month and join people all over the country in celebrating our carers.