The National Adult Social Care Recruitment Campaign has launched. Please visit the national website http://www.everydayisdifferent.com/
In Norfolk there will be a local event highlighting the need for the campaign, showcasing what the campaign aims to do and how it’s doing it, and how the sector can get involved. Please register for the event here.
The Norfolk Community Directory is for local service providers and community groups to promote their services to Norfolk residents. The Directory is being well-used by councils and other organisations across Norfolk to deliver Norfolk County Council strategies, for example: local service delivery, social prescribing, information and guidance, and digital offers.
Norfolk County Council is asking organisations to create and maintain accounts (adding any extra services or changes in service delivery etc.) so they can be promoted on the Norfolk Community Directory. The Directory can be accessed by both professionals and members of the public looking for services.
Norfolk County Council, is keen to encourage home care providers already working with the Council, to sign up to the Directory and maintain service information online, through the Norfolk Community Directory.
It’s free, easy to maintain, and will help promote your services to Norfolk residents, backed up by the Council’s support.
You will be sent an email within the next few weeks inviting you to sign up to the Council’s Norfolk Community Directory. The email will come from an email address with Norfolk Community Directory in its title, and will ask you to review the Terms and Conditions and set your security details on your account.
If you have any queries about this, please email: The Norfolk Community Directory email address
As notified in a previous blog post, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is running a national advertising and media campaign to recruit more people into roles in Adult Social Care. As the outdoor advertising campaign appears locally, there will be a breakfast event to highlight the need for the campaign in Norwich, showcasing what the campaign aims to do and how it’s doing it, and how the sector can get involved.
- Date: 20 Feb
- Time: 08.30-09.30am
- Venue: Norwich City Football
The event format will be as follows:
- A welcome speech from James Bullion, Executive Director of Adult Social Services, Norfolk County Council
- A campaign introduction and videos from Lyn Romero
- A speech from Sanjay Kaushal, Joint chair of Norfolk Independent Care and Managing Director of Castlemeadow Care
- A local care worker will talk about their experience working in the sector
- There will be a DWP spokesperson talking about practical engagement with the campaign
The invite is open for care providers and care workers; the local media have also been invited.
Please register for the event by clicking on the link below, providing your name and the organisation you represent, including any special access requirements.
If you have any questions about the event, please email Emma Hammond: firstname.lastname@example.org
A message from Breckland Older Peoples forum.
As winter sets in and freezing winds, frost and snow come to the county, Breckland residents who are struggling to pay their energy bills and keep their homes warm are being encouraged to check whether they may be eligible to receive help through Norfolk’s Warm Homes Fund Partnership.
Breckland Council, alongside councils across Norfolk, are aiming to help more than 1,000 people across the County with funding towards the cost of putting in place better insulation and the installation of mains gas. It comes following the success of £3.1m funding bid to National Grid’s Warm Homes Fund, which was led by Broadland District Council on behalf of Norfolk’s districts. The improvements aim to help both renters and homeowners to efficiently heat their cold homes, which can have a significant impact on people’s lives.
Cllr Gordon Bambridge, Executive Member for Growth at Breckland Council, said: “The aim is to help eligible people to access energy advice and support and to help those who do not have any central heating to put this in place at a reduced cost, which is important to their comfort, health and wellbeing. This is a fantastic initiative and we want to use this funding to help as many local people as possible, so I hope Breckland residents will explore how the Warm Homes Fund may be able to help them.”
The Warm Homes Fund is aimed at people whose homes do not already have central heating installs, as well as those with underlying health issues and carers of vulnerable people. To find out if you or someone you know may be eligible for support under the scheme, contact Breckland Council on 01362 656 870 or visit www.breckland.gov.uk/whf
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) are developing a campaign to boost recruitment in the Adult Social Care Sector. This is across all roles in the sector and across all types of Social Care and locations. DHSC are working closely with national bodies and trade associations, including Skills for Care on this.
The Department aim to run this campaign across England in early 2019, you can see more of the campaign imagery here: www.everydayisdifferent.com You may have heard about this from organisations such as Skills for Care, or through trade press.
We’re excited to announce that Norwich has been chosen as one of only 4 locations to host a PR event to boost interest in the campaign, this is fantastic news for the local sector and should really assist with propelling the campaign forward within Norfolk.
Recently appointed in post Emma Hammond is the Recruitment and Retention Coordinator tasked with leading the campaign for Norfolk. Please keep an eye out for further communication in the coming weeks.
Finally, the stories of care workers and users of the care services have been the most powerful campaign so far. If you would like to tell your story about your work in Social Care, or you know of someone who would, please email email@example.com
With only a few days before the Norfolk Care Association consultation online survey closes, don’t miss the chance to feed in your views.
So far we have received almost 180 contributions from Social Care providers (managers, owners/employers and care workers) either as part of the face to face consultation events last October and/or through the survey. The respondees represent the full range of Adult Social Care Services and work with all ages and needs. We continue in our quest to make this consultation as inclusive as possible.
You can complete the online survey by going to: www.norfolkcareassociationconsultation.com
The new Care Consultation will be all about supporting Social Care providers and representing their views to commissioners and policy makers alike. However, the priorities for a Care Association for Norfolk and the way it runs are still to be determined and are the focus of this consultation.
The provider led Executive Steering Group overseeing the consultation is determined that the voice of the sector be sought and acted on throughout.
There are already some excellent and much valued support services available to Social Care providers but our feedback is that they often work well for one part of the sector or one part of Norfolk but not for everyone. A Care Association offers the opportunity to be a central hub for all social care providers. Below are just a few of the possible services a Care Association for Norfolk might offer:
- a voice for the sector with commissioners and regulators – around the true cost of care but also more widely on systems and processes,
- lobbying/campaigning/raising awareness of the sector generally.
- providing information/advice and specialist support (eg HR/recruitment law/finance)
- Signposting to partner services
- Supporting recruitment and promoting careers in social care
- Co-ordinating peer support networks
- Maximising opportunities to buy services and goods at a discounted rate.
The survey will close at 11 pm on Friday 8th February so please find time to take 20 minutes out of your day to give us your views.
We look forward to hearing from you.
The Executive Steering Group – Shaping a Care Association for Norfolk
Association Representing Mental health Care (ARMC)
Community Action Norfolk (CAN)
Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support Ltd (N&SCS)
Norfolk County Council (NCC)
Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust (NCH&C)
Norfolk Continuing Care Partnership (NCCP)
Norfolk Independent Care (NIC)
Norfolk Older People’s Strategic Partnership