International Youth Day
Welcome to our Happy Care Days blog series – Our latest blog by Kate Ball is all about International Youth Day and how valuable young carers are to the Care Industry.
Today is International Youth Day 2022 and this year’s theme is Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages.
Its purpose is to also raise awareness on certain barriers, notably ageism, which impacts both the young and old, while having a detrimental effect on society as a whole.
In Social and Community Care these barriers do not exist. We have, and do promote
intergenerational relationships; namely Carer to Client, and acceptance of staff of all ages. If there was ever a profession that successfully blends the two it is Caring, it is ABICARE!
At Abicare our staff ages range from 19 to 70+ and our clients ages range from young adults to 104 years old.
The Global Report on Ageism launched by the United Nations in March 2021 highlights the many data gaps that exist with regards to ageism against youth. Young people continue to report age-related barriers in various spheres of their lives, such as employment.
Those who have read my previous blogs will know that I came into Community Care late, I was 57. Eight years on I am still here, still enjoying it, still learning every day, and still, I hope, delivering care that is making a difference to the people I support, not only clients but colleagues as well.
I can totally relate to our older clients because some are my age, some are the age of my parents, we can talk on the same level, remember the same things.
Our younger Carers add another dimension to the lives of their clients; they are fresh and breathe energy into a room; they lift spirits, they bring new excitement.
We welcome that freshness of youth.
Care may not be an obvious career choice to someone just starting on their adult journey;
Community Care services are intended to help people who need care and support to live with dignity and independence in the community and to avoid social isolation. The services are aimed at the elderly and those who have mental illness, learning and physical disability.
Might this describe a family member or family friend or neighbour?
You could do this! You could do this and not only make a huge difference to someone’s life, but also make a huge difference to yours.
Care can give you the confidence to forge relationships with strangers; to build your own confidence in yourself and your abilities; to learn about compassion and understanding.
Care can teach you about being part of a team; a team that relies and supports each other, to enable it to serve its community delivering the highest standard of care.
Here at Abicare we have an excellent training team who deliver high quality training to its staff.
If you join us, you will be trained and supported throughout your career with us.
You will have the opportunity to continue with your educational qualifications.
You will have opportunities to advance in the Company or gain invaluable experience that could set you up for other careers.
Who knows where your path may lead you!
We hope it may lead you to us!
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