Organised by social care bodies across the country, the Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection will honour the work of the adult social care workforce – and remember those who lost their lives during the pandemic.
Becky Wilkinson, Director of Adult Social Services, said: "The past two years have been incredibly difficult for everyone working in adult social care, and we are pleased to be supporting the Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection dedicated to all those working within the sector.
"This is our opportunity to remember the people we have sadly lost during pandemic, and to reflect on the vital work the social care sector has done, and continues to do, to keep some of the most vulnerable people in our city safe and well.
"Despite huge pressures during the pandemic, people working across social care have shown incredible skill and tenacity providing high quality care in the most trying of circumstances, and it's only right that we recognise their kindness, bravery and dedication in this way.”
The council will be hosting an event at the Civic Centre on Thursday morning, featuring a period of silent remembrance, the laying of wreaths, a reading by Wolverhampton's Poet Laureate Kully Kohli and finally a period of applause in gratitude for the efforts of the social care workforce during the pandemic.
The Care Workers' Charity has created an online Memorial Wall and Thank You Wall where people can leave a tribute to a lost loved one, a thank you to a care worker who has provided vital support to them or someone they know, or a well done to a colleague who worked hard to help keep the people they support safe during the pandemic.
People can share a tribute or thank you to anyone working across social care including those in frontline care roles, managerial roles, administrative roles, maintenance roles, and more. For details, visit The Care Workers' Charity.
The Wolverhampton Cares initiative, launched by the council and key partners last autumn, has seen a package of help and support put in place to help the local health and social care sector through the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. To find out more about Wolverhampton Cares, please visit Wolverhampton Cares.