FamilyCarersNet, based in Bury St. Edmunds and offices also in Ipswich and Lowestoft through their local service Suffolk Carers Matter, won a national award ‘Making a Mark’ for their impact in supporting unpaid carers: in the community, through their advice line and digitally with their brand new social media platform for carers, The Pod.
The event held in Birmingham, which was also attended by Realise Futures CIC who are based in Ipswich, Suffolk, was held by Social Enterprise Mark; a national organisation for social enterprises that recognises the social impact through the services delivered and ensuring profits are redistributed for social good.
FamilyCarersNet, which formed in 2016, has grown its services and partnership working with the NHS, Local Authorities, Charities and fellow Community Organisations, not just in Suffolk but as far away in Devon and Manchester. As part of the nomination, each organisation was required to submit a video. This can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7bgudKv6ms
Simon Brown, Founder and CEO, pictured send from the right felt surprised when they won “It was quite a shock, there were many fantastic organisations nominated. It’s our first national award and really pleasing for everyone involved to gain recognition from others in our sector for the impact we have in supporting unpaid carers, both in Suffolk and across the UK.”
Locally in Suffolk, FamilyCarersNet provides support through its service Suffolk Carers Matter. Whereby carers and their family can gain a range of support and information, including counselling and emotional wellbeing. As a carer, family member, health practitioner, charity or community group who would like to know more about how you can be supported or find out more, you can call them on 01284 333035 or visit www.SuffolkCarersMatter.org.uk and they have also created the first ever printed handbook for carers in Suffolk.