It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…With just a few days to go before good old Father Christmas comes bearing tides of joy (and presents), the festive spirit is inescapable. Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey have been playing on an endless loop for weeks, it seems like we might explode if we eat yet another mince pie (not that it’ll stop us!) and we’re all bombarded by “on annual leave” emails. Such an atmosphere is the highlight of the year for many, but for some, this period of the year is less enjoyable. For those who work on the front-line within social work and care, the work doesn’t really stop. Doctors, nurses, carers, social workers and many more job roles can’t see the holiday season as the restful period that many others do because they are working throughout Christmas to support the vulnerable members of society.
As Cllr Qadar Zada from Dudley noted: “our hard-working teams continue to provide an around the clock service that is vital to our most vulnerable residents.” Vital. That’s the crux of the matter. These front-line services are not just slightly helpful; it’s not a small inconvenience if they shut down. Health and social care are vital. If the wonderful practitioners and professionals didn’t put the service above festive cheer, people’s lives would be at risk.
Care homes also don’t shut down over Christmas, meaning countless vulnerable adults and children need people around to assist them. Our social care staff are never ones for the spotlight, and most of the year we respect that – but today, we give you three cheers and salute you for your care. So many of our loved ones are in care homes or require live in care and professionals from our brilliant sector are here to ensure that they are looked after over 365 days of the year.
Christmas is a time when our health services are put under even more pressure than usual with a whole range of “Christmas Injuries” we’re all likely to get. This means that our hardworking doctors and nurses, who probably deserve a break much more than most of us, are needed on call to rescue us from accidentally carving ourselves instead of the turkey, accidental light-induced electrocution or any other weird way we manage to injure ourselves. They’re around to manage emergencies, while also caring for regular patients who need medical treatment all year round. Illnesses don’t take a break and we are endlessly grateful that neither do our front-line teams across the country.
While the UK operates with a majority skeleton staff across most industries for the last weeks in December, front-line workers are showing the same dedication and care to those in need. At One Stop Social, we work hard to support our social work and care communities, and while we wish there was more we could do to show our appreciation of this commendable dedication to service, we want to just take a moment to shine the spotlight on these wonderful people, keeping front-line services going while we all get tired of mulled wine.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a massive thank you for supporting us during this festive period. It does not go unnoticed and the whole nation is grateful.