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Inspiring Care Stories

We’re celebrating the values and commitment of the social service workforce during COVID-19 by sharing your Inspiring Care Stories.


We’ve collected stories from all types of social services across the whole of Scotland  which show how the workforce has often gone above and beyond to support people receiving care. The stories demonstrate the values, compassion and professionalism of social service workers.

The stories are organised in the six core themes of our Involving People Plan although most link to more than one theme. We’ll add more stories over the coming weeks and encourage you to share your own stories on social media using the hashtags #InspiringCareStories #lifechangingwork and #SSSCregistered. Find out more in our Inspiring Care Stories toolkit.


Me in my role

Communication, sharing learning and ideas

Communities, connections and networks

People and partnerships

The difference involvement makes and helpful resources

Planning and helpful resources

Me in my role

This theme includes stories about people in different roles, values, social care careers, stories of leadership, practice, and involving people.


Volunteering, working and learning to make a difference to children’s lives

Read how Auchinairn Early Learning and Community Centre is the main hub during COVID-19.

Stepping up and learning new skills

Rosalind from Beyond Limits in Dumfries and Galloway stepped out of her usual job into a support role.

Making this time a lot more bearable

How working with vulnerable people at Kingdom Support and Care has made a difficult period more bearable.



Communication, sharing learning and ideas

This theme includes stories about communication, innovation, creativity and sharing learning and ideas.


The show must go on

Jamie’s drama group for eight to 12-year-olds is using Zoom to keep rehearsing.

Compassion at Culsh House

How compassion and poetry is helping residents and staff.


Communities, connections and networks

This theme includes stories about community connections and networks.


Bags full of compassion

Jan from Rossie Young People's Trust, Montrose tells us how the young people have been filling their time.

Events galore keep spirits high at David Walker Gardens

Find out how they’ve been keeping active during the pandemic.



People and partnerships

This theme includes stories about people and partnerships, relationships, teamwork, collaboration.


A new sense of camaraderie

Coping with the coronavirus restrictions has led to positives for Hame fae Hame nursery.

Tough times don't last, tough teams do

How an Aberdeenshire HSCP team has adapted during COVID.


The difference involvement makes and helpful resources

This theme includes stories of the difference made to the people involved, feedback and helpful resources.


A beacon of hope

Naomi Brown, a community carer from Edinburgh tells us her COVID story.

Supporting communities

Acknowledging and recognising the kindness, hard work and commitment at the Riverside Centre in East Ayrshire.

Grateful for the thanks

Natalie Kean shares her story about recently joining a company that supports adults with disabilities.



Planning and helpful resources

This theme includes stories about reflection and planning, learning and development, personal and community development and improvement.


Ensuring quality care and experiences

Sense Scotland in Dundee, take pride in staff providing inclusive, quality care.

Building better relationships

Dee Gemmell, Coulhill Primary Nursery tells us how COVID-19 has changed her days.

Keeping active

Kincarrathie House care home, Perth adapted their activities programme to keep them running.