Specialist personal injury law firm, Novum Law, based in Swindon, has won an award for its commitment to helping and supporting employees who combine work with caring for a family member.
The Working for Carers Awards launched last year to help local businesses to realise the benefits of supporting carers in the workforce. Novum Law received the bronze award at the Working for Carers’ first ever gala evening to celebrate the success of local Wiltshire firms.
Organised by the charity Carer Support Wiltshire – which supports thousands of unpaid carers across the county – the awards have been developed to encourage companies throughout the region to future-proof their policies and safeguard the sustainability of their workforce while making life easier for working carers.
Novum Law’s award is in recognition of its awareness of carers’ issues and its good working practices to help carers fulfil their responsibilities both as a carer and an employee.
Huw Ponting, Partner of Novum Law, said: “The fact that one in nine people combine work with caring for a loved one means there are many, many employees out there struggling with the demands of their caring role and their responsibilities to their employer.
“It’s vital that all employers understand what staff members who care for loved ones are going through and provide as much help and support as possible. If they don’t, they could risk losing loyal and valued members of their team.
“We are delighted to accept a Working for Carers Award in recognition of our commitment to supporting employees juggling work with their caring role. Carer Support Wiltshire does a fantastic job raising awareness of the importance of identifying and supporting carers within the workplace and we are honoured to be part of it.”
Catharine Hurford, chief executive of Carer Support Wiltshire, said: “Working for Carers is a programme designed to help businesses retain those people by enabling them to stay in work. It helps employers to become part of a network of responsible employers leading the way on recognition, equality, and inclusion in the workplace, helping them to create a culture of support and understanding for staff who are carers.”