Borders social services staff praised for Covid efforts

The board praised social work and border care staff for their “commitment and dedication” during the pandemic.

At a Scottish Borders Council (SBC) meeting today (22 February), members heard that SBC staff, Borders College social care students and staff from organizations working under the Scottish Borders Community Planning Partnership had undergone training as part of a recent council appeal.

As part of its appeal, SBC has invited staff and volunteers from across the region to come forward to support social care services in the Borders, either by taking up a career in social care or joining a training program to become a relief worker.


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Head of SBC, Councilor David Parker, said: ‘Staff across all of our departments have worked incredibly hard over the past two years and deserve our thanks for all they continue to face quite significant challenges. .

“We wanted to take this opportunity to give special thanks to those who work in adult social work, child and family social work and social care services, not only within the Council but also in the private, third and volunteer. They have truly worked tirelessly to ensure that our most vulnerable residents receive the support they need.

“The response we had to our recent appeal was much appreciated and our thanks go to each of the volunteers who came forward. The overtime taken by David Bell, head of Unite the Union, is just one example of those who have been willing to go the extra mile at this critical time. »


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Mr Bell added: “I was only too happy to support SBC by once again returning to a care home to help support our most vulnerable citizens.

“As every time I have been deployed, I have been impressed with the dedication and hard work of the social services staff to provide a high standard of care and do all they can to keep residents safe. They also made me feel welcome and part of the team.

“I have found volunteering in social services throughout the pandemic to be satisfying and rewarding, while giving me a sense of pride in having supported both the Council and the communities we work for in this area. essential and vital work.


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The council has a number of permanent positions open across its home care, residential care and learning disabilities services – on-the-job training and support is available, with the opportunity to gain a qualification professional.

The roles come with a starting salary of over £10.52 an hour, up to 33 days of annual leave, membership of the local government pension scheme and a “work package”. ‘extended benefits’.

For more information on these permanent positions go to: ww.scotborders.gov.uk/jobs


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Alternatively, work opportunities as a relief worker are also open to anyone looking for a flexible role. These come with a starting rate of £10.52 per hour and full training.

For more details on how to become an aid worker, email: [email protected]

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