SOCIAL CARE IN THE COMMUNITY

SOCIAL CARE IN THE COMMUNITY

As you will probably have heard in the media, the provision of social care in the UK is at breaking point. Devon is no exception. We have significant numbers of people who need in excess of 5000 hours of care a week. As local councils have been working on the urgent need to recruit care workers, they have also recognised the vital need for volunteers in this area. Alongside the need for professional and intimate care, there is just as great a need for people to provide relational and practical support.

The councils are asking local faith communities whether we are able to play a part in filling the huge care gap. Many faith groups already have pastoral support teams, community groups and offer provision for those who are vulnerable. They want to talk about how they can support us as we support others.

From 10-11am on Monday 8th November, we would love to invite those with a role in local community groups, pastoral teams, volunteer teams, churches or who are simply individuals who care to come to an online meeting. I will be hosting it with presentations from council representatives. It is being led by Devon County Council but will also include Plymouth and Torbay.

Anyone can get the zoom log in information by emailing mandm@exeter.anglican.org.