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Spare a thought for those working over Christmas

Council Staff working over Christmas.
Hundreds of County Council employees will be heading out the door to work over Christmas and New Year.
Published Friday, 22nd December 2017

Whilst most of us are carving into our turkeys and opening presents, spare a thought for those who will be working over Christmas.

Hundreds of County Council employees will be heading out the door over Christmas and New Year.

Whether it's care workers looking after vulnerable people or highways staff making sure the county keeps moving, they work tirelessly at a time most of us are relaxing at home with our loved ones.

In Worcestershire, approximately 100 care workers and several children's social care staff will be making sure those who are vulnerable receive the care and support they need this Christmas.

Anne Heneghan, PI Team Leader for Adult Services who looks after vulnerable adults in their own homes, said: "Working at Christmas time is difficult as it's a time for celebrating with family but a big part of this role is making sure that care is available 24/7.

"Supporting the service users to complete their daily tasks in their own home is such a rewarding job, especially at times like Christmas. Loneliness is a real problem amongst the elderly and making them smile can be a real Christmas present to all involved."

Councillor Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care said: "Our commitments to providing support to the vulnerable, all year round but particularly Christmastime is fantastic and a real asset to the County.

It is great that we have a trusted system in place to deliver that support and help combat loneliness especially at Christmas time. 

"Often these support services cannot be delivered without the round the clock support of our Highways team, who ensure that residents can travel safely, in all weather conditions. It is this multi-agency teamwork that keeps the County moving at all times of the year."

Meanwhile Tina Russell, Assistant Director of Social Work Safeguarding Services, added: "Christmas and New Year can be a very difficult and stressful time for families and for some children in our care.

"Several of our children's social care staff will be working over the festive season to provide support and emergency protection to children if they need it and others working to ensure that the children in our care have the best Christmas possible."

Over 20 Highways staff will be working and/or on standby over the Christmas and New Year period and many more can be called upon if needed. As usual they have prepared for any winter or other adverse weather we might get be it rain, storms or flooding.

They also have in place full 24/7 out of hours cover and are on call to deal with any potholes and other issues as they arise.

The Winter Service team will continue to keep a close eye on the need for gritting and our gritting fleet of 32 gritters can be deployed at any point should the need arise.