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Documentary series showcases the brilliance of working in social care

The first episode of ‘The Better Life’ series, which was filmed in Mansfield, is now available to watch online.

At the moment, it seems bringing people’s attention to nationwide issues including poor quality housing and health problems through film and television is proving popular. Examples of this include the Amenity Campaign which used, what looked like a new TV drama series trailer, to inform people about the dire affects poor housing can have on your health, and academics based in Bristol recently commissioned four short films on a similar matter.

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Nourish Care’s new documentary series, otherwise known as ‘The Better Life’, is the latest project to be added to the mix. The organisation is visiting care home managers, community teams, those drawing on care and their families to capture the human stories that make up the industry.

The new series is directing a particular focus on new technology as Nourish Care specialise in software that can help care home management. Experts are filming first-person accounts of how the Nourish digital care management software is used day-to-day and the impact it creates.

Each of the self-contained episodes will be a fly-on-the-wall style documentary and the series will feature a mix of care types and settings. The first episode was filmed at Dallas Street, Mansfield, a supported living facility operated by United Response – a support hub for residents who face barriers such as unemployment and mental health issues.

Within the episode, we see a resident talking openly about his life at the service, a commissioner explaining how they work with the team and a social worker. The film also shows student workers on placement at the hub. 

Lee Gilbert, Chief Marketing Officer for Nourish, says: ‘We now have customers queuing up to be involved in this purpose-driven project because at the heart of what everyone in care does, are people.’

‘We at Nourish do what we do so that we can improve outcomes for those in care and their carers. Care is always a joint operation, it’s about a community that works together, all with the same aim – to provide the best care possible to those who need it,’ Lee added. ‘We’re really excited about meeting some of the characters working tirelessly behind the scenes in care, those in care, and their families.’

In addition, Olivia Briggs, regional manager from United Response, also expressed her enthusiasm for being asked to take part in the scheme.

‘It was an honour for us to be asked to take part in this documentary series,’ Olivia said. ‘Thank you to the team at Nourish for giving people an opportunity to share their stories and hopefully give people a positive insight into social care and enabling the people we support to have a voice.’

Image: Jakob Owens

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