We’re delighted to learn that one of our managers, Brian Waldron, has received an award for his work as an I Care Ambassador.
Brian was one of the very first to become an Ambassador, more than 10 years ago now. The role of an I Care Ambassador is to inspire and motivate people to better understand what it is really like to work in social care.
The scheme is coordinated by independent charity Skills for Care, and every Ambassador has real life experience in the job. Ambassadors visit job fairs, job centres and schools and colleges to talk about careers in social care.
In January, Skills for Care hosted the first “Proud to Care, Skills for Care Ambassador Scheme Awards” for the North West London region, at Stanmore College. Brian received both a Bronze award and a Silver award for his work as a Care Ambassador: a fantastic achievement! Yarrow also received an award for supporting the Proud to Care initiative, which Brian accepted on Yarrow’s behalf.
Brian tells us he is very pleased and honoured to receive this award. He has given talks at a number of schools and colleges and particularly enjoyed recent visits to Uxbridge College to meet their health and social care students. He says the best part of the Ambassador role for him is being able to tell everyone what it is really like to work in social care – and why he considers it such a great profession. Brian says that one of the most important qualities to excel in social care, alongside a caring nature and great communication skills, is to have a good sense of humour. Congratulations, Brian! These awards are a wonderful recognition of your commitment to the scheme and your role in helping to spread the word about jobs in social care.