At 8pm this evening, Swanage came out to clap for carers and to show the town’s appreciation of everyone who is helping get our community through the coronavirus crisis.
In this video clip by Kelly Tott, a police car is applauded as it travels along the High Street.
Meanwhile, Dorset Council joined forces with Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council and the Dorset NHS Clinical Commissioning Group to applaud the work that carers are doing to look after our most vulnerable.
In a heart-felt message this evening, they said:
“It’s more important than ever for us to work together and look after one another. It is only through solidarity, self-awareness and a collective conscience that we can come through this.
“There is one group of people often overlooked in all of this. They are the social workers, care workers, managers, cleaners and cooks who work 24 hours a day, seven days a week in social care. They’re supporting the most frail and vulnerable in our families and communities in care homes, supported housing and in people’s own homes.
“Alongside NHS staff and other essential services, these care professionals really are ‘the front line’. They have to deal with the same anxieties and struggles as the rest of us while caring, comforting and keeping safe some of the most vulnerable people across our county. They often put themselves at risk and work long exhausting hours away from families and friends.”
Councillor Laura Miller, Portfolio Holder for adult social care and health at Dorset Council posted this video.