A deep trench of decency


Posted on March 26th, by geoff in Caring Times head, Caring Times letters. No Comments

Caring Times, April 2014

We have recently marked Dignity Action Day – a national awareness campaign on 1st February that aims to put dignity at the centre of all care, whether in hospitals, residential or nursing homes, sheltered housing or community.

Just a few years ago it would have come without herald and disappeared quickly without trace, but thanks to care providers all over the Midlands who wish to change the public image of the care business and address negative preconceptions, the event has snowballed into something impossible to mark in a single day.

Across the region teas, cakes, funny story readings, memory jogging, lectures, forums, tombolas, care, nursing and sheltered home open days, fairytale days, informal discussions with relatives and friends, coffee mornings, training events, food fun, tea dancing and drop-in sessions have been on the agenda.

The viral growth of this initiative has been staggering as the campaign seeks to sign up ‘dignity champions’. The once 24-hour event has now turned into some six weeks of activities.

Thank you everyone who has helped to make this year’s event so memorable.

I am heartened that despite crippling financial restrictions on care budgets there is still a deep trench of decency to be found with so many who wish to uphold this vital central pillar of caring for those less fortunate than ourselves.

– Debbie Le Quesne, Chief executive, West Midlands Care Association





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