For far too long, the social care workforce, has been undervalued for the amazing and essential work they do, caring and supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
Often seen as a low skilled workforce, simply because the wages are low, and seen as non professional as for the most part working as a social care worker does not require a raft of educational qualifications or degrees to do so.
Neither was there an organisation that was solely dedicated to the care workforce. somewhere that care workers could call their own, and somewhere that they could feel respected and supported.
The National Association of Care & Support Workers was set up to start to address these issues, and to become that support and representative organisation, specifically for care and support workers.
Bringing something this new to the social care sector is not easy to do, especially getting our message out to the care workforce that NACAS exists for them, but since 2016, we have been busy establishing the NACAS brand and proudly flying the flag for our vocation.
There is a lot we are doing to support our members, and NACAS is supported in our work, by established organisations such as Care Quality Commission, Social Care Wales, Skills for Care, Care England, the Institute for Social Care Management, and other highly respected social care stakeholders such as the National Care Forum.
However, there is so much more for us to do. For example, be involved in the ongoing debate around professionalism, fit for purpose training, and registration in England, and this is where we need your help.
By becoming a member of NACAS, not only will you be demonstrating your own commitment to your career, profession and craft, but also by lending us your voice as we continue our work representing our members in all formal discussions in raising the profile of the social care workforce.
In addition, you will be playing an important part in the development of NACAS as the professional body for the social care workforce, and we will do everything to support you in your career.
Social Care needs a top to bottom review, its most precious asset is its workforce, and it needs to be treated and respected accordingly. It is a long road, NACAS does not hold all the answers, and things will not happen overnight, but change is coming.
We feel that as an Association, giving care and support workers the opportunity to join their own professional body, giving them them the respect and recognition they deserve is a step in the right direction, and with every new member we grow stronger.
So why not join NACAS and help us to bring respect and recognition to our amazing vocation?