Provider shows support for care badge

Scarborough care provider Saint Cecilia’s is backing a new campaign aimed at raising the profile of those who look after older and vulnerable people.

The care group has bought all its staff the new CARE badge - a symbol of pride in care.

At the same time, the group’s owners, the Padgham family, is offering a discount to all CARE badge wearers at its new café, The Hideout on Columbus Ravine.

The CARE badge has been launched to recognise those two million people employed in care outside of the NHS and the seven million unpaid carers in the UK.

Saint Cecilia’s Care Group runs two care homes, a nursing home and a day care centre in Scarborough. It is due to launch its support of the CARE badge as it celebrates National Care Home Open Day on Friday and Saturday.

Managing director Mike Padgham says: “The CARE badge is a long overdue recognition of those providing care and we are encouraging our staff to wear it with pride.

“It is a symbol of the huge amount of hard work that is carried out by carers, day in and day out, which far too often goes unrecognised.

“It recognises those paid care workers putting in long shifts to ensure people get the care and quality of life they deserve and the army of unpaid carers who often juggle work and family to provide care for a loved one.”

To show its support for carers, the Hideout café will offer anyone wearing the CARE badge a discount on their drinks. The Padgham family bought the former Coffee Beans café earlier this year and has just reopened it as the Hideout.

Mr Padgham adds: “At the same time as having our staff wear the badge with pride, we are also delighted to offer any others wearing the CARE badge from Scarborough or anywhere else in the country a warm welcome to the café and a little discount too, in recognition of the great job carers do.”