A collection of stories about care, communities and leadership during the pandemic has been launched by the National Care Forum (NCF).
The Caring in COVID ebook details how, during the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing restrictions, NCF members and the communities they serve, came together and rose to the challenge to support those who needed it most.
The eBook consists of five categories with a story in each receiving a Highly Commended Award, judged on reader impact, impact on the person receiving care, originality and value to the social care sector. The winners were:
Stories from the Frontline: Sanctuary Care, Leaving family to care for residents;
Community and Volunteer Voices: Cornwall Care, Mia’s story amazing journey to John O’Groats;
Keeping It fun: WCS Care Group, Dancing at Drover’s House;
Keeping the connection: Accord Housing Association, Amber Wood Dementia Centre of Excellence keeps everyone connected; and
The many faces of leadership: Pilgrims’ Friend Society, Care Manager Rachel is an “Absolute rock”.
Caring in COVID is supported by NCF’s annual partners: Quality Compliance Systems (QCS), Marr Procurement and Person Centred Software.
Simon Bunegar, Director of Sales & Marketing at QCS, said: “2020 has put renewed focus on the hard work, dedication and above all compassion of all those caring professionals who put others before themselves time and again. From its inception, QCS have been delighted to be able to support Caring in COVID in every way that we can. These stories are a wonderful glimpse into the beating heart of social care.”
Jonathan Papworth, Co-founder and Director at Person Centred Software, added: “2020 has been a difficult year for many but social care has had the toughest time than most. Nevertheless, these stories show the amazing work that carers provided day in day out to the elderly and vulnerable people they care for. We are proud to support the National Care Forum in creating this resource for future generations to experience the impact that individuals have had on the people they care for.”
Vic Rayner, executive director, of the NCF, commented: “Caring in COVID is now available to download from the NCF website. We are proud to dedicate this eBook to everyone whose life has been touched by care during the pandemic and hope these stories of pain, challenge, hope and humanity will resonant with many, to show how truly exceptional the care sector has been in responding to the challenges of this pandemic.”