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Royal Alfred Celebrates Contribution of Female Staff on IWD

The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society is celebrating International Women’s Day by raising awareness of the social care industry’s dependence on dedicated female care workers.

According to a recent Skills for Care report, adult social care services rely heavily on skilled and ancillary female staff. More than four fifths of the entire UK social care workforce is made up by women and 84% of workers in care homes with nursing staff are female.

At a time when corporate gender equality is under the spotlight, as shown through the fact only 25.5% of boardroom positions at FTSE 350 companies are filled by women, The Royal Alfred is bucking the trend with two thirds of its Senior Management Team and Head of Department roles being occupied by women.

The care home and charity, which caters for retired seafarers and dependents, as well as residents living with dementia, first opened its doors in 1865 to allow care for ‘worn-out and disabled merchant seamen’. The charity catered only for men until 1966 when widows of seafarers and retired stewardesses moved in. Today, several female residents live at the home and women work across all job groups at the charity.

Dorothy Ross-Tomlin, Trustee at The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society and Mayor of Reigate and Banstead, has been involved with the charity since 2008. She said: “The atmosphere at The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society is very special and this is in no small part down to the dedication of employees. It’s very relevant to be talking about our team on International Women’s Day as two thirds of our senior staff are women and have instilled a professional, kind and caring atmosphere at the home, ensuring all residents are well looked after.

“Women have played important roles in the history of The Royal Alfred, including our attentive patron HRH The Princess Royal who opened our first-floor extension and lounge. I see the future at The Society going from strength to strength, continually making improvements thanks to the commitment of our talented workforce.”

Commander Brian Boxall-Hunt, CEO at The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, said: “We are marking International Women’s Day this year by calling on our industry to stand up and celebrate the vital contributions women make to the adult social care sector.

“Our success as a care home depends on the contribution of women including our Housekeeping Manager Shirley Campbell, who was recognised with the Leadership Award at the recent Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards. We want to celebrate achievements like this and encourage all to share our praise of talented and hardworking women everywhere.”

Visit the UN - International Women's Day Source: The Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society