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New initiative launched to boost care worker wellbeing

Social care heroes across Yorkshire will have a simple way to keep healthy thanks to a new pilot project.

Homes that are signed up to the Support Social Care Heroes programme will be receiving fruit baskets to help care workers make better snack choices.

“Wellbeing Wednesday” fruit baskets are the first phase in a new Health For Heroes scheme which, later this summer, will expand to include a series of short films where care workers are encouraged to complete simple fitness and nutrition challenges to help them live a healthier lifestyle.

The clips will feature easy-to-follow recipes and workouts suitable for all fitness levels, as well as tips on how to fit in exercise and healthy eating when working long shifts.

The Health for Heroes programme has been launched by Support Social Care Heroes (SSCH), an organisation which aims to preserve, protect and improve the health and wellbeing of those providing social care.

Nicola Richards, Founder of Support Social Care Heroes, said:

“Carers perform a vital role and work long hours often with little recognition from wider society. Their dedication and compassion makes a huge difference to the lives of millions of older people around the country. 

“The past two years in particular have placed a huge physical and emotional strain on care workers, but self care often comes low down the priority list. We want to change that by helping carers to make small changes which will boost their overall wellbeing. We urge care home managers to get involved in the Health for Heroes Challenge and help their team to become healthier, happier and less stressed.”

Leroy Young from Silver Healthcare, commented:

“This is a fantastic idea and I was on board from the get go. Care staff across the country have been the unsung heroes and deserve recognition for their commitment and bravery showed throughout the pandemic. It’s an absolute pleasure to be included in the Pilot Group.”

For more information, to access the films visit: or follow “Support Social Care Heroes” on social media.

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