CARE providers across the UK have played a vital role throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.
The National Care Forum (NCF), the leading membership association for not-for-profit social care providers, bore witness to incredible acts from its members and decided to record and celebrate their response to the outbreak and ensuing restrictions by bringing together a collection of wonderful stories in a ‘Caring in COVID’ book.
National Charity, Ambient Support who provides care in a number of settings, contributed three stories in total- one acknowledging their very own CEO, Mark Milton, for his outstanding leadership and support to the entire team.
CEO of Ambient Support, Mark Milton, said:
“To have three stories included in this wonderful book is testament to the incredible work that is being done across the entire charity. Our care providers’ stoicism and courage are truly commendable and inspiring. Despite ongoing challenges, our care teams have done their utmost to keep our residents safe, supported and engaged. We are extremely proud of each and every person in our team. It is their commitment and passion that will leave a lasting legacy of 2020.”
Ambient Support’s Activities Coordinator, Stevie Housley, from Ambient Support’s Gardenia House Care Home in Dartford, also featured in the book. Stevie raised £1,350 dying her hair waist-long hair the colours of the rainbow which raised money to improve the lives of the residents she supports.
The moving experiences and resilience of manager, Louise Foyle-York and her care team during two phases of COVID-19 outbreaks at The Croft care home in Amersham are also highly commended in the book. The team’s utmost determination, commitment and unwavering passion, at the very hardest of times, demonstrates just how important the role of the care worker is and how good quality care is truly indispensable.
Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the National Care Forum said:
“Through the collection of Caring Heroes stories, the reader peeks behind the closed doors and experiences what it was really like for care staff, residents in care homes, and people needing support in their own homes during the lockdown. This book is more than just a nod to social history, it demonstrates how people’s lives are enriched by the role of those working in the care sector through their creativity, dedication and passion, and through their many skills and talents.”
Read the inspiring stories from Ambient Support wwwambient.org.uk and other providers in the NCF’s ‘Caring in COVID’ book is available in e-format from today. You can view it here.