The CARE badge Community Interest Company (CIC) has delivered its first financial award to an Essex-based organisation supporting adult unpaid carers.
The CIC, which launched last year to raise the profile of the great work being done in the care sector, awarded £2,500 to Thurrock Carers Service yesterday.
The grant comes from profits from the sale of almost 100,000 CARE badges over just seven months, and the recipient was chosen by a panel of care workers overseen by the CIC.
Thurrock Carers Services was created by three local voluntary sector organisations; Thurrock Mind, Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions, and Thurrock Centre for Independent Living.
CARE badge Board member Anoushka Farouk (pictured left) said: “We were delighted to see the wonderful work that Thurrock Mind and the Thurrock carers are doing, and we are so pleased that they were selected to receive this donation. We look forward to seeing what wonderful projects this money will contribute to.”
The badge was created to recognise the 9 million paid and unpaid carers in the UK, giving them a means to express their solidarity and a sense of pride in what they do.
The idea came about when everyLIFE Technologies chairman Robin Batchelor was listening to a talk by Care England CEO Professor Martin Green at the Future of Care conference.
At the end of the talk, Green spoke about the unfortunate message that the Secretary of State for Social Care, Matt Hancock, inadvertently sends to those involved in care by only wearing the NHS lapel badge.
“I turned to my colleague from everyLIFE and said ‘we should work with Care England to change that’,” Batchelor told HCI in an interview last June.
“I caught up with Martin after that and his immediate reaction was ‘yes, this makes sense’. The sector needs a unifying symbol of pride and quality and care and it was relatively easy to do.”
The founding partners have The CARE Badge CIC to buy the badges from the manufacturer and sell them to care providers and employers that interact with un-paid carers, with all profits going to charities selected by care workers.