Proud to Care - December Newsletter

Proud to Care Devon

December Newsletter                                  Issue number 13

Merry Christmas


New Ambassadors

In the New Year the Department of Health and Social Care will be launching a national recruitment campaign to attract people to roles in adult social care. The campaign will aim to raise awareness of the opportunities in adult social care and direct people to current vacancies in their area. Every day is different is a new national adult social care website that has been developed for the campaign. More information to follow!


Save the date – Tuesday 5 March – Torbay Ambassador launch. If you are an Ambassador in the Torbay area or know someone who would like to be, book a place at the launch event by emailing


Sally-Ann Turner, Proud to Care Devon

Ambassador story - Helena Banks - Senior Social Worker


I began working in social care by volunteering at a local respite centre for children with learning disabilities. I have always been aware of the often ‘hidden’ world of learning disabilities because of my brother who has learning disabilities and autism, and this drove me to pursue a career working with people with learning disabilities.

I had so much fun in that role, supporting the children to have discos in the sensory room and going for trips out to the beach, but I found myself wondering what would happen to the children when they were older. This led me to start looking into the role of an adult social worker and looking at all the ways we can support adults with learning disabilities to live the best lives possible.

I love working in social care as every day is completely different. You get to be creative, problem solve and face challenges that really make you reflect. It can be hard but also very rewarding, you really make a tangible difference to people’s lives. I think I would be bored in any other kind of job!

Upcoming Events - Please email Tracy to volunteer

17 Jan         St Peter's School, Exeter           2.30 - 6 pm             Careers fair

22 Jan         Braunton Academy                    8.30 - 1 pm             Careers speed dating

7 Feb           Newton Abbot College               10 am - 12 noon     Careers Fair

7 Feb           Newton Abbot College               12 noon - 2 pm       Careers Fair

7 Feb           Newton Abbot College               2 pm - 4 pm            Careers fair

For more information or to volunteer please email Tracy at        


As always, your feedback is important to us. Please follow the relevant links to a short two minute survey if you attended any of these events:

Next Proud to Care Ambassador Event

Amb event

Our next Ambassador event in taking place 30th January in the Killerton Room at Larkbeare House in Exeter.

We are running an induction event in the morning from 10 am to 12.30 pm for new Ambassadors only. At 12.30 pm we will provide a buffet lunch and welcome existing Ambassadors to join us from 12.30 pm to 3 pm where we will hold an interactive afternoon led by Ambassadors. There will be sample activities to take out to events, Ambassadors stories and more.

If you or any of your team would like to attend either part or all of this event please email

The Care Workers Charity


Have you heard of the Care Workers Charity?

In recognition of the dedicated and selfless workforce in care, the Care Workers Charity was founded in 2009, with the promise to provide support to those who find themselves in hardship.  If you work or have worked  in a registered domiciliary, residential care or supported living service, they may be able to help you.

Find out more here  


Ambassador resources are available from:

  • Your local Proud to Care Champion. Find your local Champion here.
  • Health Education England have 16 A4 books covering individual health career areas and an A5 overview booklet.  Order on 0345 6060 655 or Allow two weeks for delivery.
  • Skills for Care have a range of care careers and apprenticeship information and booklets. Contact your local Champion.

Any other news?

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