Welsh social care workers are showing their love for a Facebook page that aims to help them learn more about their line of work and share experiences.
The five public sector workers behind the innovative social media project revealed this week that over 120 people have ‘liked the page’ and they receive regular positive feedback from care workers.
The Dare2CareWales project aims to promote the Care Council for Wales Code of Practice for Care Workers and get comments from staff on how the code reflects their day-to-day work. The project also aims to hear about the experiences of carers and those who receive care.
Penny Copner, Monmouthshire's Social Care Partnership Co-ordinatoris one of the team who talks to care workers on Facebook and Twitter. She said:
“We really want to hear real life issues that affect those who work in and receive care. The Care Council for Wales identified an opportunity to use social media to engage with the social care workforce and help with their need to understand their responsibilities.
“Our team is working together, using social media to give us an opportunity to talk to people in places they already visit. People will be able to contact us conveniently and we’ve tried to make information informal and relevant. It’s so good to hear the views and experiences of those dedicated people who work hard to care for people in Wales and from the people they work with.
“Anyone can read and comment on our blog at http://dare2carewales.blogspot.com/, Facebook users can find the page by searching for Dare2CareWales and those on Twitter can follow @Dare2CareWales.
"We believe care should be safe, it should show dignity and respect and quality care should be given. We're looking forward to hearing what people in Wales have to say."
The project has been funded by the Care Council for Wales and is run by a team of four regional social care partnership co-ordinators and a communications officer from Neath Port Talbot, Denbighshire, Ceredigion and Monmouthshire councils.