Macklin Care Homes Launch “You Could be Heroes” Campaign to
Recognise the Entire Care Sector
The Macklin Group, headed by the Macklin
family has launched a heroes online
video campaign to help remind the nation of the fundamental and hugely
appreciated work that the social care sector plays within
the overall healthcare system.
Gareth Macklin, director of The
Macklin Group said: “There are 1.6million people employed in social care across
the UK, and 1.4million by the NHS. Never before has there been more need
for recognition and support for every one of these
dedicated people, no matter what role they play”
“Caring for the most vulnerable in our
society is what these staff do, day in, day out.
“There are over 15,000
care home beds in Northern Ireland and 16,000 people being cared for
in the community by social care staff with over 1.2million cared for in
social care across the UK.
“These people are cared for by some
of the most dedicated people in society today. In addition to the
amazing care teams of Drs, nurses, care assistants, physios etc, this network is made up
of phenomenal cooks, cleaners, porters, admin staff, delivery
drivers, activities, maintenance, suppliers and many
more. Every one of these people are essential cogs,
working together with their colleagues in the NHS. Together these 3 million
people are the linchpins of our society in a
united healthcare system, caring and supporting everyone.
“Social care staff have always played a
major role in supporting the health care system and now more than
ever is there a need to equally recognize them and support them with the
same level of esteem and support that we do for our NHS staff.
“And the simple truth is, we need more
of them to help support the sector amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Macklin Care Homes has over
640 staff and have been caring for Northern Ireland’s older
generation for over 30 years. They are
currently recruiting for a further 40 people to help support them
in the months ahead.
The six homes operated by the
group are recruiting both temporary and permanent roles, both voluntary
and employed, to start immediately in several areas to help cope with
operational pressures during the Covid-19 outbreak.
“Over the past number of weeks,
we as a family have witnessed
such unwavering support and dedication from our staff. Every single attempt
has been made by our 640 staff members to do whatever
they can to care for our residents, their families and to support each
other and once again, we’d like to send our sincerest thanks
to every one of them.
“To say they have gone over and beyond
their roles is an understatement. We have staff who have moved into the homes
to reduce the risk of community infection. We have staff who have left their
homes in the middle of the night to tend to their residents, even when they are
off duty. They do this without being asked, day and daily and we know this
is happening across nearly every care home and community care setting in the
“The simple truth is as
a society; we will never be able to thank everyone one of these people
enough for both the work that has been done and for that which lies ahead.
Whilst we’ve roles across the group, we’re asking not on behalf of ourselves
but for every vulnerable person in society today, who are supported
by care organizations and the NHS across N. Ireland just
one question – what can you do to help?
are roles available and needed right now across
the country, many with no experience necessary – if
you’ve the right Values, we can train you and we’re very sure, so could
nearly every other care provider across the country. So please contact
your nearest care provider if you feel you can help.
To find out more information on available roles at Macklin Care Homes visit our careers section.