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20 Jul 2020

Social service workforce

Telling Inspiring Care Stories from across Scotland

Today we launch Inspiring Care Stories which tell how the social service workforce has adapted, coped and excelled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’ve gathered over 60 stories from all types of social services across the whole of Scotland and from today are sharing some of those wonderful stories in our new online Inspiring Care Stories resource.

We want everyone in social services to get involved by sharing their own Inspiring Care Stories on social media to raise the profile of their #lifechangingwork and that care is delivered by a skilled, trusted and confident workforce that is #SSSCregistered.

Compassion and dedication

The stories show the compassion, dedication and selflessness of our social service workers during what has been the most difficult of times. Scotland’s social service workers quickly adapted to make sure the people they cared for before the COVID-19 pandemic continued to be cared for and supported.

The stories show the commitment of workers and highlight the knowledge, values and skills they have to carry out their jobs.

Jeane Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport said: ‘Social care staff provide vital support to people across the country and they have worked courageously and with compassion to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of those they care for.

‘I’m pleased to be supporting this important campaign. It illustrates, through people’s own experiences, the real impact of the work of social care staff. Their stories demonstrate the importance of the profession as well as the human impact and rewarding nature of a career in social care.’

SSSC Chief Executive Lorraine Gray said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted to share these wonderful stories, each one showing the skill, care and commitment of our social service workers during COVID-19. Describing the many different aspects of social care and what they mean for our communities is done best when told by real people sharing their experiences.

‘The pandemic has highlighted more than ever before, the skill and compassion demonstrated by our social service staff across Scotland.  These are dedicated people who go the extra mile every day, not just in a crisis and it is essential that we value their skill and commitment and their role along with their health colleagues.

‘Care is not a job that just anyone can do. You need the right values and skills, as shown in these stories. Every one of them really is an Inspiring Care Story and shows how social service workers do life changing work every day.’

Look out for more Inspiring Care Stories 

We will continue to share more Inspiring Care Stories over the next few weeks. 

Get involved - share your stories 

We know how busy you may be at the moment, so you can share your story in a few different ways. 

We look forward to seeing your #InspiringCareStories and #lifechangingwork during COVID-19 and your #SSSCregistered photos on social media. 

Visit Inspiring Care Stories here. 

Contact information

Sandra Wilson
Communications Officer
Scottish Social Services Council