Historic landmarks across Scotland were illuminated earlier this week in tribute to the home care workforce.
St Andrews House in Edinburgh and St Paul’s Square in Perth were among the sights bathed in yellow on Tuesday evening, in recognition of the contribution home care workers make to people’s lives every day.
The initiative marked Celebrating Homecare day, an online event developed by the Homecare Association in conjunction with the Care Workers’ Charity (see video below).
It was supported by Scottish Care, Scottish Parliament, the Care Inspectorate and Health and Social Care Partnerships across the country.
Jim Carle, Joint National Lead for Partners for Integration, Scottish Care, commented: “This ‘light up’ is an acknowledgement of the care at home workforce’s uphill battle to continue to provide an incredible service in a year like no other, as they have faced and met the challenges of Covid-19.
“In an extended period of unprecedented demand, they have gone above and beyond. To acknowledge the magnificent contribution they make to the vulnerable individuals they care for on a daily basis, which is truly worthy of celebration. Our heartfelt thanks for their dedication and care.”
The inaugural Celebrating Homecare day paid tribute to the many things care workers and their clients make or create at home, and the relationships they develop by doing so.
Organisers encouraged care workers and their clients to make something together, whether it was a cake, a piece of knitting or TikTok video, and share their creations on social media.
Celebrities including Esther Rantzen, Gok Wan, Colin Jackson and the cast of Emmerdale also shared messages of support for the home care workforce on social media.