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Carer Friendly Business Awards

We recognise businesses and organisations across the West Midlands with our Carer Friendly Business Awards.

Carer Friendly Business Awards

Carer Friendly Business Awards exist to help celebrate those businesses who are supporting Carers within their workforce or community.

We are thrilled to be welcoming back our 2021 Carer Friendly Business Awards! Recognising and celebrating those businesses across the West Midlands who are supporting our Caring communities.

This year 2021 awards will see us enter our third year of awards and 2 new categories added to the mix.
2020 brought with it challenges we never expected to see, however we celebrated in style with a virtual
event, and were blown away with the nominations and winners who throughout had continued to support Carers.

This year we will return to a virtual platform, keeping our friends and colleagues safe whilst recognising
your hard work.

Nominations are welcomed from those within the Caring community, your work colleagues, customers, or
service users. You can even nominate your own business; all we ask is that you can demonstrate the
impact you are making.

It is free to enter.

Carer Friendly Customer Care

There has never been a better time to recognise your efforts in ensuring Carers are welcomed and valued within your business. This award is for those businesses who have taken a small step to improve the way you interact with Carers who use your service. You may be offering a discount, have thought about how you connect with Carers or have made a change to improve Carers’ experience because you understand the challenges faced by Carers within your local community. This is about doing something to make their day brighter. As a Carer, the business you are nominating may have offered you a discount, a warm welcome or spent some time trying to help you. If you feel that a business has given you great customer care, nominate them today. Nominate Business For Carer Customer Care Award

Carer Friendly Employer

Caring whilst juggling work can be challenging for most people, we want to celebrate those businesses who are helping their workforce to find a better balance. As an employer you may have put into place some small steps that means that support is available for colleagues who are caring for a loved one outside of work, this support has resulted in better retention of staff, happier and healthier workforce, and a more proactive workplace. As a Carer you feel supported and valued as both an employee and Carer and as a result of the support, information or simply better understanding you have found a better balance. If your workplace is supporting you, nominate them to say thank you. Nominate Business For Carer Friendly Employer 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

Carer Friendly Dementia

For 2021, we’re introducing a Business Award for those organisations who have made a real difference for carers, caring for a loved one with dementia. It is for individuals and organisations who might have recognised a need in their community and have begun offering a valued additional service, such as a dementia café, or reminiscence events – perhaps a venue that loved-ones frequented in the past and that still holds fond memories, just made that bit more special and welcoming. If you know off or are a business who cares, then nominate here. Nominate Business For Carer Friendly Dementia Award

Carer Friendly Autism

This award is for those businesses, organisations, healthcare settings and community centres who are making small changes to ensure the autistic community who are visiting, working, or interacting within the space are welcomed, understood, and valued. You may be a Partner Carer and your local coffee shops welcome you and child and offers a quiet space or adapts the menu to ensure your visit is relaxing and stress free. Your workplace may have adapted your work routine or workstation, so it is easier to focus and work, with less noise or brightness. Whatever the reason, nominate them today and thank them for making a difference. Nominate Business For Carer Friendly Autism Award

Making a Difference

This special recognition award will be chosen by Forward Carers and will go to the business or individual that we feel has made a significant difference in the Caring Community. All nominations will be reviewed under this award.

Have you been positively impacted by a business? 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 demonstrate how you are supporting Carers.

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Key Dates

Launch of awards:All awards: 7th June
Nominations open:7th June
Nominations close:31st October
Awards Evening:25th November at 7pm – Virtual
Winners Breakfast:2nd December at 9am (TBC)

Information

All awards except for the Making a Difference category 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

Nominations for the Awards run from the start of Carers Week in June 2021, with the winners announced later in the year.

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

2020 Carer Friendly Business Awards

Rob Bhol, Managing Partner of Nicholls Brimble Bhol said: We were delighted and humbled at NBB to have received this award last year and to have been in the same category of such great names as Marks & Spencer and Age concern. So many people in society are caring for a loved one at home, made even harder when they’re having to also fulfil their employment obligations. We are proud to be able to support any of our staff who have such responsibilities and to be associated with Forward Carers who provide an abundance of support to the carer community.

Rob Bhol, Managing Partner of Nicholls Brimble

Carer Friendly Business Awards Judges

2021 Judges will be announced during Carers Week. For more information, please email us carerfriendly@forwardcarers.org.uk

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