Our social care services flex and bend under the weight of increasing care demands. More people need care and their care needs are more complex. People need to think on their feet, learn to adapt and work in ways that can impact powerfully on people’s lives. Our social care services are over stretched and mostly underpaid. Increased challenges in workforce development has meant that technology is being used in creative ways to stimulate learning and conversations in busy environments.
We are a social enterprise and we have been self-funding the development of educational resources which we share freely to organisations to start conversations about important topics. Funding training can be difficult and care services are often focusing on just having enough people to do the job. The environments are busy and the job is demanding and complex yet requires a great set of skills.
Our learning resources are designed to work in busy environments, to chunk learning in bite size, and to be easily shared. The aims of our resources are to encourage people to think differently and to develop the skills to provide care and support that is empowering, proactive, connected and compassionate. We aim to change hearts and minds and to tackle ignorance and discrimination by engaging people through visually eye-catching resources.
Developing and funding these resources is not easy. Because care is complex often the development of resources requires great collaboration, across different people and services so can be costly. Lack of public funding, a highly competitive industry and a general lack of trust and a sense of togetherness can put obstacles in the way of collaboration and developing good quality learning resources.
We need to work creatively and collaborate broadly to tackle some of these challenges. One of the ways that we do this is by “sharing to create”. In the development of our resources we collaborate broadly. We consider our role as a catalyst as we aim to bring practical solutions to diverse work settings.
To date we have produced over 100 different resources which are shared around the world across social media. Some of the topics have included:
- Culture of care
- Working with Challenge
- Hearing and Sight Loss
- Health and Safety
- Learning Disabilities
- Mental health
- Emergency First Aid
- Person centred planning
- Social Work
However, our work is not done yet! We need your help to continue to make a difference through our work. When designing our resources, we aim to promote human rights, encourage inclusivity and challenge oppression. We are delighted to learn that our resources are now not only used by the social care sector but also by individuals wanting to make more informed decisions about their own lives.
Our resources make a difference in people’s lives. We have had an amazing response to our resources. Here are some of the things that people have said:
- They have inspired me.
- I share the infographics via Twitter and have received many positive comments about the wonderful information that is provided. In addition, they make my job as a Memory Care Program Facilitator much easier as the infographics are the written form of what I teach!
- I am a care home manager. It has not only aided me in supporting the individuals within the home but also my staff team in giving them guidance and support. My team also benefits from them individually and as a group in improving understanding and the quality of care they deliver.
- Helping me to overcome and manage my feelings of frustration and anger and guilt as observed through your advice on how to better modify my reactions and behaviour to cope with my mum’s dementia.
- They are easy to read & understand and when shown to members of the public (not involved in the care industry) the message is easily relayed.
- I deliver dementia awareness training in my trust and find they have a positive impact in training as they are so visual.
- I have helped raise awareness in my child’s school and friends and family.
- Reminding people that dementia affects all communities.
- Often very useful if talking to a carer of a person with dementia, to be able to show them a visual representation of what’s being discussed. This can make it easier for them to retain the information.
- The information is very simple, very clear and easy to understand. I don’t have to read pages and pages just to find out about one thing.
Each of our resources costs over £200 to create which we have funded independently over the years. We would like to crowd source a further £5,000 so that we can make a further 25 on these topics:
- Older people and autism
- Mental health and autism
- Mental health and learning disability
- Positive interventions in dementia care
- Loss and dementia
- Risk reduction in dementia
- Support staff (looking after yourself)
- Strength based approaches to support
- Mental Capacity and Liberty Protection Safeguards
- Well-being in the workplace
- Care partners (looking after yourself)
- Links between physical and mental well-being
- Mental health and substance misuse
If you have used our resources in the past and found them useful, please contribute to our project so that we can continue doing what we do. These resources will be made freely available at the end of the project to anyone that would like to access them. They can be shared easily across social media and contain lots of embedded links to further information.Share Us