Dorset Council sending big 'thank you' to carers

Dorset Council sending big 'thank you' to carers

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 18th April 2020. (Updated at 12:24am 18th April 2020)

Dorset's authorities would like to give a big thank you to everyone in the care profession. 

As well as clapping for the NHS, every Thursday at 8 pm they want the residents of Dorset to think about people working in a caring or nursing role.

One group of people that the authorities often found to be overlooked in all this are the social workers, care workers, managers, cleaners and cooks who dedicate their lives to social care.

Their job is to support the most frail and vulnerable in our families and communities in care homes, supported housing and in people's own homes. 

Along with NHS staff and other essential services, care professionals are part of 'the front line'.

They also put themselves at risk and work long hours away from families and friends.

This week Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health, pledged to make sure that everyone in the care profession is to be given the same recognition and respect as NHS workers. 

Dorset Council, BCP Council and Dorset NHS bodies want to say thank you to all our front-line workers who are helping with the pandemic and to help maintain the services. 

Cllr Laura Miller the Portfolio Holder for adult social care and health at Dorset Council says:

"We really appreciate all of your efforts in these challenging times. 

"I know many people working in care are tired, frightened and often lonely. This is to say thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for looking after people and thank you for keeping going." 

Councillor Lesley Dedman is the Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, she says:

"I would like to thank our entire care workforce across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole who are working tirelessly during these extremely difficult times. 

"From home carers, to cleaners, cooks and care and nursing staff in our care homes, your dedication and compassion for the vulnerable people is clear. Your commitment and hard work is so valued every day and even more so during this current crisis. Thank you to each and every one of you."

Vanessa Read is the Director of Nursing and Quality at the NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), she says: 

"We'd like to thank all of those working in care who, alongside NHS and other essential services, are working tirelessly to care for people at this time. Thank you."

Public bodies across Dorset also want to thank all our residents who are following government guidelines and staying at home. By doing this, everyone is helping to save lives.