Carer Friendly Business Awards Birmingham

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Carer Friendly Business Awards Birmingham

To mark Carers Week 2019, we are giving you the opportunity to say THANK YOU for any outstanding service that has made an impact and difference to someone in their caring role or for employers who demonstrate an understanding of the needs of a carer.

 

The Carer Friendly Business Awards Birmingham was launched to help promote the importance of supporting carers in the workplace and to engage with businesses across the city.

There are three categories:

The Working for Carers Award 


In order for the organisation to be eligible it must be signed up to the Working For Carers scheme.

The winner is determined by the panel.

The Community Business Award 


Members of the public can nominate any business which has provided them with a positive experience relating to the role of carer.

The winner is chosen by the public.

The Carer Friendly Champion Award 


Anyone can nominate managers, colleagues and individuals who going above and beyond those who are in a caring role.

The winner is determined by the panel.

How will the nominations be judged?


All entries will be anonymised and reviewed by an independent panel of family 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.

Your data:


The information contained in this nomination is strictly confidential and will not be communicated to any person other than those involved in the administration and judging of the awards.

Who can be nominated?

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

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

Nominations will only be accepted from Birmingham residents for business service providers, employers and staff in the city.

Nominations for the Awards run from June 10, 2019, which is the start of Carers Week and will run until August 5, 2019, with the winners announced on Thursday, September 5.

So get nominating using the form below, or CLICK HERE to download a nomination form to post into us at :

FOA: USH
Forward Carers
750 Bristol Rd
Birmingham 
B29 6NA

Nomination Guidance 

Your data:

The information contained in this nomination is strictly confidential and will not be communicated to any person other than those involved in the administration and judging of the awards.

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.

ALL entries must be received by 5pm on Monday, August 5

The Judges

How will the nominations be judged?

All entries will be anonymised and reviewed by an independent panel of family carers and professionals, you can read more about them below.

The decisions of the judging panel are final.

Sylvia Johnson-Davis


Sylvia Johnson-Davis has been caring for her mother since 2014 who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

She also has two children and has openly discussed how hard she has found her role as a carer, while also bringing up her own family.

After a couple of years of caring for her mother who was deteriorating Sylvia decided to get her mum assessed by a Social Worker and reduced the time she was spending caring for her, with her siblings also helping out.

This was a turning point for Sylvia and she decided to revisit her training as a mental nurse. However, following the initial induction before going on the wards, she felt that this wasn’t going to achieve what she wanted to do in supporting carers within the community. Therefore, she turned her attentions to supporting a not-for-profit organisation called Forward Carers in a voluntary capacity.

She feels fulfilled in her role supporting carers which is what she is “passionate” about, so was quick to agree to join the judging panel as part of the Carer Friendly Business Awards Birmingham.

Councillor Mary Locke


Councillor Mary Locke  used to work as a housekeeper in the NHS before retiring in 2018.

In 2016 Mary turned her attentions to the council and elected to serve as a local Labour councillor for Bournville Ward, representing the people of Bournville, Cotteridge and Stirchley.

However, it was around the same time that her husband of 40 years was diagnosed with

Vascular Dementia and Alzheimer’s. For the next few years, Mary balanced her council work with caring for her husband, whose condition deteriorated quite quickly.

It was because of her personal experience as a carer looking after a loved one, while also working, that Mary has fought hard for improving conditions for carers across Birmingham. She has got to know a lot of carers within the local area and knows first-hand the struggles that people within a carer role have.

She is looking forward to helping to judge the entrants for the Carer Friendly Business Awards Birmingham and is hoping to find a “refreshing approach” within some of the local companies.

Phil Done


As a Relationship Manager for Ageing Better in Birmingham Phil is responsible for overseeing all projects that are focused on older carers, that are being delivered by partner organisations. One of which of these projects is the Carers Voice campaign, which these awards form part of.

Older carers, including ex-carers, are one of our programme’s priority themes, looking at the underlying root causes of isolation to carers, while also supporting the creation of activities for carers, designed by carers, in a bid to increase their social connections.

His knowledge of carers and the barriers they experience make him an ideal candidate for judging the Carer Friendly Business Awards Birmingham.

Phil said he is “extremely proud” to work on all of these projects which he believes all have the potential to make a “huge impact on those caring for a loved one”.

Saqib Bhatti


Currently the youngest ever President of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, there is not much Saqib Bhatti does not know about businesses in the area.

Also a chartered accountant and Director at Younis Bhatti & Co Chartered Accountants, Saqib is committed to promoting the West Midlands as a national and international leader in trade and business.

He was first introduced to business when he studied law at the London School of Economics, before he was elected as the youngest President of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce becoming their longest-serving President.

Saqib is also a director of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP with responsibilities for promoting diversity and business support.

His interest, passion and love for Birmingham businesses was why he was asked to join the Carer Friendly Business Awards Birmingham judging panel, a role he plans to take very seriously.

Saqib said: “I am an advocate for business being a force for good. What better way to show this than by supporting local carers across the city.”