Scotland sets up £1m fund to support social care staff

A new £1 million fund has been established by the Scottish Government to support projects which look after the well-being of staff working in social care.

The Workforce Wellbeing Fund for Adult Social Work and Social Care will be managed by Inspiring Scotland and provide grants of up to £10,000 until December 2022.

Kevin Stewart, Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care, said: “Everyone working across social work and social care has shown an invaluable commitment to delivering a first class service and compassionate care through the most difficult of times.

“This fund is about giving staff anything which makes them feel better and supports their resilience. Applications can be as creative as possible, as long as they focus on our most valuable asset, our people. Grants could be given for activities or to purchase equipment that will improve the wellbeing of the workforce. Ask your staff what they most want or need, and please take advantage of this fund to help them get it.

“Workforce well-being must remain a priority as we continue to move through this pandemic and recovery. We will overcome the challenges ahead if we look after our people.”

The Scottish Government has made £12 million available to support the well-being of the health and social care workforce. This new fund, which is open to applications until 29 July 2022, will ensure £1 million of targeted support towards the well-being of staff in the social work and social care sector, which faces unique challenges in accessing available funding since it consists of a mix of local authority, private and voluntary sector provision.

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