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Carer Friendly Business Awards

We have launched Birmingham first Carer Friendly Business Awards

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A BIG Thank You

To mark Carers Week 2019 we launched Birmingham first Carer Friendly Business Awards, which gave Carers the opportunity to say THANK YOU for an outstanding service that made an impact and difference to them in their caring role or for employers who demonstrated an understanding of the needs of a Carer.

We are back bigger and better for 2020 and we want you to get involved!

The Carer Friendly Business awards are for businesses and organisations across Birmingham which have contributed to supporting carers in their community and/or workplace.

Have you been positively impacted by a business and would like to nominate them? Maybe a local corner shop or café always goes out of their way to welcome you? Or maybe your employer understands that you are caring for someone and allows you to work flexibly? Maybe your GP practice supports you as a Carer and you want to acknowledge them? Maybe you want to nominate your own workplace or business as you can demostrate how you are supporting Carers

We want to celebrate organisations and individuals who are carer friendly and regularly go above and beyond in their support for carers.

This year, 2020, we are also looking for nominations for the ‘Covid’ award dedicated to those businesses, organisations and or individuals who during the Covid-19 has stepped up and beyond to continue to support Carers throughout this period.
Nominations can be made by individuals or businesses but will only be accepted from Birmingham residents, business service providers, employers, and staff in the city.

Win an Alexa!

Carers in Birmingham who make a nomination will be automatically entered into a FREE prize draw with the chance of winning an Alexa, kindly donated by Sunrise Senior Living.
Prize draw terms and conditions.

Carer Friendly

A business has brightened your day, by making a small change this business has improved the lives of Carers – maybe they offer a discount, maybe they ensure the layout of the business gives you the space to take a wheelchair around? Maybe you are a parent carer and you feel welcomed to take your children to the local café without judgment? Nominate Business For Carer Friendly Award

Carer Aware

Is your workplace Carer Friendly? Do they ensure you are supported whilst balancing work and caring? Have you attended an event or activity and been impressed by the work they are doing to better understand and support Carers? Nominate Business For Carer Aware Award

Making a Difference

Has a local business or organisation made a real difference to your life? Do you feel supported and valued in your role as a Carer? Does your local GP practice ensure you have access to resources locally – maybe they run a Carers Group or host regular awareness sessions? Has your experience at a local hospital exceeded your expectations to allow you to continue in your caring role? Nominate Business For Making A Difference Award

The Carers Champion

Do you have a work colleague who goes above and beyond to ensure Carers are valued in the workplace? Have they invested time to ensure you can access information and support? Does your line manager understand that you are balancing work and caring and has worked to allow you flexibility in your working week? Nominate Person For Carers Champion Award

The Covid Award

This year we are also looking for nominations for this award which is dedicated to those businesses, organisations and or individuals who have stepped up during the COVID-19 crisis going above and beyond for Carers throughout this period. Nominate Person For Covid Award

Nominate A Business

Nominations for the Awards run from the start of Carers Week Monday 8th June 2020 and will run until Saturday 31st October 2020, with the winners announced on 26th November 2020 at a Breakfast Award Ceremony.

All awards will be judged by an independent panel of carers and professionals. The decisions of the judging panel are final. Upon notification, consent will be requested from shortlisted nominees to use any information provided in support of the nomination in award announcements and other associated promotional activity, including sharing with third parties, e.g. the press, sponsors, and partners

Nominate a Business

2019 Carer Friendly Business Awards

The first Carer Friendly Business Awards took place last year. Forward Carers launched the awards to give Carers an opportunity to thank employers and business who make changes to make their lives easier. There were three categories; here are the winners.

The Working for Carers Award was presented to Gateway Family Services in Edgbaston and the Community Business Award went to The Hall Green Health GP Surgery on the Stratford Road. Craig Jenkins, Regional Ambassador for the Families and Carers Network at Natwest/Bank of Scotland was awarded the Carer Friendly Champion Award.

Carer Friendly Business Awards Judges

We have chosen impartial judges to evaluate the 2020 Carer Friendly Business Awards nominations. The judges are either in a caring role themselves or work in a role that supports Carers. The judges are:

Anjum Khan, Director of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce

Sylvia Thomspon, Family Support Worker for The Birmingham Children’s Trust

Councillor Mary Locke, Labour councillor for Bournville Ward

Phil Done, Relationship Manager for Ageing Better in Birmingham

Jeff Bryan,
Inclusion and Wellbeing Training and Development Manager at University Hospitals Birmingham

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