National award recognises our work supporting unpaid carers

18/04/2016
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Carers in Hertfordshire has won a GSK IMPACT Award, a national award run in partnership with The King’s Fund that recognises excellence in charities improving health and wellbeing in their communities.

We provide unpaid carers with information, help with problem-solving, support and time for themselves, and we beat more than 400 organisations to win the accolade and £30,000 in unrestricted funding.

At present 16,793 adult carers and more than 1,000 young carers are registered with us. We have received the award for our impact addressing the health and emotional needs of carers so they do not feel lonely, isolated or stressed.

Judges were impressed with our close work with the local public sector to ensure that they are taking into consideration the needs of carers and how its services impact them. Training GP practice staff has led to a doubling in the number of carer referrals last year.

They were also interested in the Carers’ Passport discount card that gives carers discounts on food, pharmacy products, disability aids and holidays and has helped identify previously unknown carers.

Developing leaders in the charity sector is an important aim of the awards and we will have access to training and leadership development tailored to our needs.

We will also be able to join the prestigious GSK IMPACT Awards Network, a network of 66 award-winning charities working together to develop their leaders, find new ways of working and collaborate and support others.

We will receive our prize at a ceremony at the Science Museum in London on Thursday 12th May, along with nine other winners. An overall winner, which will receive a further £10,000, will be revealed on the night.

Katie Pinnock, Director, UK & Ireland Charitable Partnerships at GSK, said: “Carers all too often suffer in silence while caring for their family or loved one. Carers in Hertfordshire provides vital services that ensure carers are identified and supported, and that people working with carers are aware of their needs. The charity has an energetic team who have been able to rally support for its services and have worked closely with the local public sector. Congratulations for its achievements are well warranted.” 

Michèle Stokes, our Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted that our work with carers in making carers count has been recognised with this prestigious award. At the heart of our support to carers is improving their health and wellbeing and we constantly develop our service to ensure we respond to their changing needs.”

The winners were selected by a judging panel of health and charity experts including Gilly Green, Head of UK Grants at Comic Relief; Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of Big Lottery; Michelle Mitchell, Chief Executive of MS Society; Philip Hampton, Chair of GSK; and Sir Chris Kelly, Chair of The King’s Fund.

You can read more about the awards and see a video clip of the winners at http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/projects/gsk-impact-awards/2016-gsk-impact-award-winners

                                                As part of the award a short video is being made to highlight our work.

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