Derbyshire Council asks staff to volunteer in care homes


Derbyshire County Council has asked its staff to help alleviate the social care staffing crisis by volunteering to work in its 23 residential care homes.

The urgent plea was issued as large numbers of care home staff are needing to self-isolate across the country due to the Omicron variant.

A Derbyshire County Council spokesperson said: “Across the country the health and care system is under pressure due to large numbers of staff needing to self-isolate – and unfortunately Derbyshire is no different.

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“We’re doing all we can to put our care staff in the places where they are most needed but we still do not have enough people to provide the support and service that we need to.

“We have a fantastic team of dedicated staff across the council in many different roles who throughout the pandemic have been willing to be flexible, change the type of work they do or work extra hours to protect the most vulnerable residents and keep essential services running.

“We are now asking for fully vaccinated and boosted council staff, from all our departments, to come forward to help support the older and vulnerable people living in our 23 residential care homes over the coming days and possibly few weeks.

“Staff who come forward to help in our care homes will provide valuable assistance to our professional care workers, so they can focus on the more specialist tasks such as personal care and medication. They will help to provide emotional support, engage residents in social activities and help with catering, domestic duties and laundry.”

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