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Why I Care…Ambassadors work

Posted: 12 September 2016

Sharon Allen CEO Skills for CareOur recent blog comes from our CEO, Sharon Allen. 

Recently I joined lots of colleagues from across social care and health to say farewell to Martin Routledge who has moved from his position with NHS England.  It was a great opportunity to say thanks and bon voyage to a colleague who is a passionate and forthright advocate for genuine choice and control, offering person centred care and for real co-production to be at the heart.  Best wishes to you Martin in your next role.

As ever, this was also a good opportunity to meet up with other friends and colleagues as well as meeting new ones.  What a genuine pleasure then to be introduced to Christine Beyga from Wirral Evolutions.  When Christine was told that I was CEO at Skills for Care, she enthusiastically told her colleague who introduced us, and everyone else sat at the table, about why her organisation is so committed to the I Care....Ambassador initiative that Skills for Care supports.  

Christine explained that the initiative -developed with employers - is about motivated staff working in social care, getting out there to promote our sector and the jobs they do to encourage others to consider a career in care.

Christine and her organisation are hugely enthusiastic about I Care....Ambassadors.  Not only is this a brilliant way to raise awareness about the vast array of opportunities on offer, but it’s also a great opportunity to motivate workers. The resources and support offered by Skills for Care colleagues working at a local level, says Christine, means ambassadors learn new skills, build their confidence and develop within the service.   It’s also a very positive way to raise the profile of the organisation the ambassadors work for.

Ambassadors go to job fairs, careers events in schools and work with Job Centre Plus advisors – there are no limits to how an ambassador can share their experience and enthusiasm with potential new recruits.

All the materials an employer needs to engage with I Care...Ambassadors are available on Skills for Care’s website  and local employers can find out more and seek support from our local, friendly and skilled staff.  If your organisation wants to get involved, visit the website.

It’s always a real pleasure to meet new people and a double one when they enthuse about the work your organisation is doing.  Skills for Care’s ambition is to work with social care employers to help them find, keep and develop a quality workforce so that people in communities can be confident about the quality of care and support available. Christine explained that one of the benefits for employers is that there is relatively little cost or resource input to run the service but huge benefits and outcomes for staff, the wider organisation and the social sector as a whole.

And as our table agreed when Christine had explained why she and Wirral Evolutions are so enthusiastic about I Care....Ambassadors – what’s not to like?