Championing Social Care reflect on a highly impactful year with a series of remarkable events and initiatives.
The Championing Social Care team has wrapped up an impactful year with the grand Fundraising Ball in September. This initiative, hosted by the CareTech Foundation, focuses on shedding a positive light on the social care sector and its remarkable individuals. Throughout the year, the team managed four key programmes, blending fundraising efforts and participation events to showcase the sector’s incredible people.
In spring, the Derby Arena played host to the finals of Care Sector’s Got Talent. Eight finalists were selected from over 40 applicants, representing England, Scotland, and Wales. Their live performances captivated nearly 100 attendees, with a live stream attracting 1780 viewers, including care homes. Contestants praised the event, with 90% stating it improved the mental health and well-being of care home communities. They found being on stage and the event’s supportive atmosphere most impactful.
Feedback from others echoed the event’s professionalism. The Care Managers Show’s blog noted, “Every contestant found the event professional, akin to a televised talent contest.” These finalists also performed at the Care Sector Fundraising Ball and other sector events. The goal for 2024 is to encourage more participants from across the sector, including unpaid carers and care users.
Care Home Open Week in June saw an impressive 5,200 care homes across the UK participating, double the previous year, accommodating 135,000 residents, nearly a third of the nation’s care homes. The event drew Members of Parliament’s attention, with one in five visiting local care homes. It was an opportunity for homes to showcase their services and career opportunities and encourage local community support and volunteering.
The year also marked the launch of the ‘Great British Care Cycle Relay,’ covering over 300 miles in five days, visiting 12 care communities. Over 300 people, including cyclists, volunteers, and well-wishers, joined this initiative. High-profile endorsements came from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak MP, Social Care Minister Helen Whateley MP, Kensington Palace on behalf of HRH The Prince and Princess of Wales, and Mayor of West Midlands Andy Street.
Closing the year, the Care Sector Christmas Lunch at the RAC Club in London’s Pall Mall offers a relaxed opportunity to celebrate the sector’s achievements and raise funds for beneficiary charities. The 2022 event hosted 160 guests, and the upcoming lunch on 15th December 2023 promises to be larger and equally enjoyable.