‘It’s a privilege to be a Social Worker’: We’re celebrating social work week

Alex and Adam share their experiences of working in North Tyneside’s adult social care workforce.

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Hear why Alex and Adam love their careers as Social Workers

In honour of Social Work Week, North Tyneside Council is sharing the stories, successes, and achievements of its Social Care workforce.

It’s a career that has a life-changing influence on many residents’ lives, and the Council is celebrating the hard work and dedication of its colleagues through a week of networking and training events.

Starting with an event centred around respecting and celebrating diversity in social care, the week brings together those working in Adults and Children’s social care to learn, connect and influence.

North Tyneside Council places a strong emphasis on supporting its colleagues to grow and develop. Alongside its existing training offer, dedicated sessions were on offer for social care colleagues to learn more about neurodiversity, combatting racism, and to develop their work-based skills.

Speaking of her experience, Alex Gravell, a Social Worker in the Council’s Community Wellbeing Teams said: “It’s a privilege to be a social worker. You come into people’s lives when they’re sometimes at their lowest, and you can be the only person that makes a difference in that situation – it’s a massively rewarding experience.

“I’d say to anyone considering a career in care to do it. Your heart has to be in it as it’s an emotionally demanding job, but it’s so incredibly rewarding at the same time. If you want to make a difference, you get the opportunity to do that.”

Adam Price, Team Manager in the Council’s Gateway service is also sharing his experiences.

He said: “What’s most rewarding about my role is the opportunity to work with less experienced staff, managing and supervising them to develop skills that will make a real difference to our residents.

“I’ve worked for the Council for 26 years and I really enjoy it. It’s a good rewarding job where you can make a difference, and I’d recommend it to anyone who’s considering it.”

Cllr Anthony McMullen, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at North Tyneside Council, said: “Our social care workforce do a fantastic job day in, day out and it’s fantastic to not only celebrate what they have achieved over the past year on Social Work Week, but to look to the future of social care.

“Hearing from colleagues just how passionate they are about their roles and how rewarding they find working in the care sector is brilliant. They are vital to keeping our residents safe, secure, and supported, and we’re committed to supporting them to do the best job possible.

“It goes without saying that careers in social care and social work provide important, inspiring work, and our colleagues’ stories show that there has never been a better time for people to seize the opportunity and consider a career in care.”

Find out more about the council’s job vacancies here.