November 6th: Celebrating Community Social Service Workers

November 6th has been celebrated as Community Social Service Workers Appreciation Day by unions and other stakeholders across Canada since 2008.

This day is an opportunity to recognize the dedication and professionalism of workers in a variety of community social services, including (but certainly not limited to) adult mental health, group homes, children’s treatment services, developmental services and women’s services.

Every day – and often through the night, as well – thousands of Nova Scotians provide care at group homes, treatment and drop-in centres, as well as shelters and training facilities, helping to guide our most vulnerable families, children and teens. These workers are able to see the potential in people living with disabilities. They offer hope and inspiration to the abused, the addicted, and the disenfranchised, and help make this country great.

That’s why, this November 6th, we ask that you take a moment to consider the work of these caring individuals, and thank them for their contribution to our community.

NSGEU members who are Community Social Service Workers talk about the valuable work they do:

This year, the National Union for Public & General Employees (NUPGE) is conducting a survey of people working in community social services and friends and family members of those who rely on them. The survey looks at workloads, the amount of time people spend caring for loved ones, and the unpaid time people are contributing as volunteers to maintain community social services. Many people are not aware of the impact cuts to funding for community social services have had on people’s lives. The results from the survey will provide a way to make people aware of the human cost of underfunding. If you work in Community Social Services and would like to participate, please click here.

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