Homecare Day 2022 & Light Up for Carers – 1 day to go!

This is a reminder to members that Homecare Day 2022 takes place tomorrow (Thursday 22 September 22)!

This is a largely online event which looks to celebrate and recognise the homecare services across the UK.

The theme of Homecare Day is ‘Homecare Voices’ with the aim to:

  • Listen to the voices of care at home & house supporting staff, providers, managers, service users and relatives.
  • Showcase the expertise of the homecare workforce, and how they should be valued more.
  • Highlight how homecare plays a crucial role in the health and social care system and within their communities.

How can I get involved?

Share your content

You can help us commemorate the day by sharing any good news stories, resources, projects, blogs or an example of an innovative practice on social media that highlights:

  • The dedication and professionalism of care at home and housing support workers.
  • The achievements of service users, providers or workforce.
  • The innovation of homecare with different ideas or activities in place or planned for the future.
  • How  homecare is important to society and to the health and social care system.

Please use the hashtags below when sharing content, we will be on the lookout all day and will re-share from the Scottish Care account.

#homecareday22
#homecarevoices

If you aren’t on social media, please feel free to share any stories with us at [email protected].

We’ve developed a template on Canva for you to add your good news stories, once you have finished, please download as a PDF to share.

Use our social media template

We have also created a social media graphic template for you to help raise awareness for the care at home sector.

You will need a Canva account to use this template (you can sign up for a Canva account for free if you don’t have one already).

You will need to insert four elements into the graphic:

  • Photo
  • Name, title and organisation
  • Quote/Message (e.g. what’s good about homecare, why should people come into the sector)

Remember to use the hashtags when posting on social media and tag us on Twitter @scottishcare so that we can retweet!

Promote the event

We have developed some social media graphics that you can download to share and promote Homecare Day with others. Please use these graphics to share that you support the day and to get others involved!

Join the soft launch of the Care Technologist Pilot

Scottish Care are trialling a new Care Technologist role in care at home and care home settings in a 12 month, TEC funded Test of Change.

Following a successful 6-month trial with SRS Specialist Resource Solutions in Aberdeen, the Care Technologist project is extending to 2 further geographical areas – East Ayrshire and Glasgow, and the scope now includes Care Homes and Daycare services.

This Homecare Day 2022, we will be hosting a digital drop-in session for anyone interested to know more about the project and meet the Care Technologists, Katherine Long, Dan Plant and Cheryl Stevenson. This will take place online, 2pm – 3pm on Thursday 22 September.

If you would like to stay up to date with the progress of the project, you can sign up to receive updates via email or drop-in to one of our online sessions which take place monthly. You can opt-in to either of these by getting in touch below.

Katherine (Care Technologist Lead and care home delivery): [email protected]

Share the Social Care Campaign

As part of Homecare Day, Scottish Care and members of the Social Care Campaign group, have decided to do a soft-launch of the care at home aspect of the campaign toolkit.

Huge thanks to all the Scottish Care members and staff who are involved with the campaign work – your input has been invaluable and is greatly appreciated.

If you are interested in coming to the campaign group meetings, please contact [email protected]

Please note that whilst the campaign originated from Scottish Care and our members, this campaign is NOT a Scottish Care campaign. Instead this campaign is for the whole social care sector, with a specific focus for independent care services. So please do share the campaign materials with colleagues, other providers and partners.

As part of the campaign, there are many different materials that you can use, including toolkit and social media graphics and infographics. Please feel free to share these as part of Homecare Day.

Join us for Light Up for Carers

To mark Homecare Day, notable buildings and landmarks across Scotland will be lit up in yellow to celebrate care at home workers and other social care staff on the evening of Thursday 22 September 2022.

This campaign is supported by the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and the Care Inspectorate. It is also supported by the SEC and Health and Social Care Partnerships/Councils for Aberdeen City, Argyll & Bute, Dundee, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Scottish Borders, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire, and West Lothian – with the light-up taking place in these areas.

The buildings and landmarks taking part will include:

  • Caird Hall – Dundee
  • Castle House/Pier – Dunoon
  • Civic Centre – Livingston
  • Falkirk Wheel – Falkirk
  • Granton Gas Tower – Edinburgh
  • Hamilton Town House – Hamilton
  • Marischal College –  Aberdeen
  • McCaig’s Tower –  Oban
  • Ness Bridge – Inverness
  • OVO Hydro – Glasgow
  • Scottish Borders Council HQ – Newton St Boswells
  • St Andrew’s House – Edinburgh
  • The Kelpies – Falkirk
  • Victoria Quay – Edinburgh
  • West Dunbartonshire Council Office, Church Street  – Dumbarton

Please join in the celebrations by visiting these buildings, taking pictures and sharing them on social media with the hashtags #shinealight and #homecareday22.

With all the scrutiny and negative press that the social care sector has faced over the past few years, events like Homecare Day are a reminder of how important it is to share positive stories from social care and the homecare sector. Help us get the ‘Homecare Voices’ heard by sharing, getting involved on social media and visiting the lit up buildings tomorrow!

#homecareday22      #homecarevoices

Last Updated on 30th September 2022 by Shanice