We know that an already complex job has become even more challenging of late. It is hard, emotional work.
We echo calls from both the public and politicians to treat social care as the essential public service that it is.
Working during this pandemic can cause anxiety. You may be worried about your job and financial security, about unsafe work environments or about your own health and well-being. However, as a care worker, you have to put all this aside to focus on your role looking after the most vulnerable people in society.
Below you will find information on the mental health and wellbeing support and resources available from trade unions. There are a host of courses, resources and tools that you can access for free.
Topics range from mindfulness, coping with stress and anxiety to specific conditions such as PTSD, bereavement and trauma. The information is ordered by union. This offer is available to all social care workers in Wales.
Trade unions are working in partnership with Social Care Wales to promote wellbeing to care workers as widely as possible. Visit the Social Care Wales website to find their support and resources.
We will shortly be running some live events for care workers. Keep an eye out for announcements on Twitter and Facebook or by joining our newsletter mailing list. For further information, or if you would like some help to access this support, contact your own union or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Being in a union is the best way to make sure you are protected as a care worker. If you’re not a member you can join a union today to access these benefits and many more.
Visit our Coping with Covid page for bite-sized learning that will give you tools and techniques to help you look after yourself during the coronavirus crisis.
For more information on what your employer should be doing to protect you if you have a protected characteristic read our Covid-19 equality guides