Social care students in Worcestershire urged to step up and join the fight against Covid-19 outbreak

Published Tuesday, 21st April 2020

Students training in social care are being asked to sign up to work with Councils to help tackle the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Last week a regional campaign was launched asking final year social work students in the region to “Step up and get involved.”

The County Council has been working with colleagues from other councils across the West Midlands to find ways to tackle the increasing demands for staffing during the outbreak.

Students who answer the call to join their councils, will be asked to do everything from supporting qualified Social Workers to carrying out care roles to support people with everyday tasks.

A central website for students and anyone training in social work or social care has been set up (Step Up Now) to match the pool of candidates, with vacancies. The aim is to get people on the front line or supporting the front line as soon as possible.

Adrian Hardman, Cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Deputy Leader said: “Our social care staff have done an amazing job looking after everyone over the past few weeks.

“We recognize the challenges on staffing levels and fully back this initiative to bring students onboard.  They can add to our workforce and help us to continue to provide exceptional care.

“Who wuldn’t want to make a difference to people’s lives right now? Especially when the need is so great.”

Elaine Carolan, Interim Strategic Director for People added: “This is a great example of what we can achieve when we work together with partners across the region.

“The students will add real capacity and support to the work undertaken by our social care assistants and social workers.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to complete their training in a real setting as well as contributing to the total COVID-19 response effort.”