Homemade cakes, sandwiches and an old fashioned tea-dance were all on the agenda for a group of residents in Doncaster at the weekend as they came together to celebrate Dignity Action Day.
The national event, which took place on Saturday 1st February, aims to ensure people who use support services are treated as individuals and are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives. The ‘Vintage Digni-Tea Party’ was hosted by Care UK, which works with 130 people in Doncaster with learning disabilities in more than 40 supported living settings.
Caela O’Hara, operations manager at Care UK’s Doncaster service, organised the celebration for Dignity Action Day. She said: “Dignity Action Day is really important because it helps to reinforce the importance of upholding people’s dignity and independence and we were delighted to be able to celebrate and support the event. It was a fantastic afternoon and everyone had a lovely time.”
As an organisation Care UK places dignity at the top of its agenda and puts the interests of its service users at the forefront of everything it does. Its person-centred approach to care means service users are involved in making decisions about their support and identifying the goals that they want to achieve.
Dignity Action Day is organised by the National Dignity Council with the aim of providing a truly memorable day for those receiving support and to raise awareness of the importance of dignity in care. The event encourages people to promote dignity in their local communities and asks health and social care workers to share the importance of dignity in their places of work.