All social care workers in Wales are to be sent a card that will help them access the benefits available to key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The card has been produced in response to reports from social care workers on the front line, who say it can be difficult to prove they are social care key workers.
The social care worker card is being sent out from today (April 15), to those on the Register of Social Care Workers, managed by Social Care Wales. It will also be made available to those who currently not registered via their registered managers, heads of service and senior managers.
Social Care Wales CEO Sue Evans (pictured) said: “Social care workers are making similar sacrifices to those working in hospitals by working long hours and shifts, which gives them little time to do their shopping for essential food and provisions.
“They are highly-skilled in supporting individuals, yet many are on relatively low pay. Being able to access beneficial offers could have a significant impact on them during this pandemic. Giving them preferential access to goods and services could also have a much wider benefit, as they are often shopping for several vulnerable individuals or for a whole care service, rather than for themselves.
“I therefore strongly urge retailers and other organisations to show their appreciation for the social care workforce in Wales, for their commitment in keeping our most vulnerable safe, by formally recognising this card and giving them the same benefits as other key workers.”
To help social care workers potentially benefit from the card as soon as possible, it is being given to them in two formats – digital and hard copy.
The news follows an announcement from Minister of Care Helen Whately that she had written to the CEOs of major UK supermarkets, urging them to give social care workers the same access to stores as NHS staff.
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