As 2017 comes to an end it is time to pause and reflect on major achievements of the campaign so far.
Here is a brief outline of 2017 and the amazing contributions of Our Turn to Care Warriors and supporters.
The campaign got off to a flying start with workers accessing paid time to come and hear about the campaign, and write their pledge as a campaign supporter.
Over ONE THOUSAND pledges have been made by Aged Care workers here in WA, and this number grows every day!
Our Turn to Care Campaign Warriors taking action!
Passionate Aged Care Workers and community members stepped up as Our Turn To Care Warriors and really took to their active roles in the campaign.
Warriors began by getting endorsements from their communities, attending campaign workshops, and taking part in skill trainings. Now the Campaign Warriors are strong leaders, getting out in the community and speaking out about how funding cuts are affecting quality care for older Australians.
Videos to remind us why we are fighting…
The campaign has been busy creating some beautiful videos with Warriors and community members, all reminding us why funding is so important and why it is Our Turn to Care.
The campaign's first video "We all deserve a dignified life in older age" shares the beautiful stories of families who have experienced having their loved ones in Aged Care.
Their words highlight how valuable Aged Care workers are and why our campaign is so important.
It is obvious that "It takes a special person to care", but when Our Turn To Care Warriors shared their stories in this video, it really showed how Aged Care workers go above and beyond caring for our loved ones.
And who can forget Grandparents Day?
"Not all treasures are silver and gold" takes a look at who we are and how much we love our grandparents.
The official campaign launch!!!
On the 31st of October Our Turn to Care Warriors and community members officially launched the campaign, here in Western Australia!
With cards being held and horns being honked, it was awesome to see our messages were being heard loud and clear!
It was a great launch, with a special guest Deputy Premier and Minister for Health Roger Cook attending to show some support.
Our Turn to Care Warriors campaigned in the community!
Whether it be at events such as “Have a Go Day” or community groups such as church gatherings and presentations at lifestyle communities, Warriors have been out there this year spreading the message of the campaign far and wide.
So far over 200 community members have signed pledges of support and are speaking about the importance of Aged Care in their communities.
500 LIKES... and counting!!!
Social media is important for any campaign and the fact that the Our Turn To Care WA page has gone from 1 like to now over 600 likes in a few short months shows that the campaign is building momentum!
This is a huge achievement which Warriors and supporters should be proud to be a part of.
Warriors engaged with politicians!
Whether it be at their local church, their political party annual gala, or in their electorate office, Our Turn To Care Warriors have been hitting up politicians to talk Aged Care funding!
Warriors didn’t just stop there though. So that pollies can really understand the issues in Aged Care, they challenged them to experience walking in their shoes as an Aged Care worker.
Almost 900 signatures were collected from workers to express a formal invitation for politicians to come and experience a day in Aged Care.
These invites were hand-delivered with a strong message from Warriors that it is about time Aged Care gets some attention from Parliament to fix the funding.
The politicians said YES!
Federal Member for Perth Tim Hammond and Federal Member for Fremantle Josh Wilson and well as State Member for Bicton Lisa O’Malley took up the challenge to visit Aged Care facilities and talk to members and residents.
Lisa O’Malley also did a LIVE Q&A with Warriors on Facebook about the experience, and the importance of the Our Turn to Care campaign for the sector.
Warriors spread the joy over Christmas!
Warriors came together to read a poem with a special message over Christmas and asked the government to look at Aged Care funding for the Giving Season.
All I want for Christmas is… better funding in Aged Care!
In addition to poems and readings, Warriors asked their co-workers and communities to write Christmas cards to the Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt asking for better funding for Christmas.
These cards were hand-delivered with a special message to Ken Wyatt's electorate office by Greg, a local resident and Campaign Warrior.
WOW! 2017 has been a HUGE year for the Our Turn To Care campaign!!!
But we are just getting started.
2018 is going to be even bigger with more events, bigger actions and possibly a Federal Election. Now is the time to prepare for a big year of action, so we can make better funding a reality in 2018!
Sky and the team at Our Turn To Care.