Accolade for Swindon firm's support of unpaid carers

By Barrie Hudson - 11 October 2021

Business

Swindon-based The Openwork Partnership has been recognised for its support for unpaid carers in the workplace.

  • Carrie Morris, Chief People Officer at The Openwork Partnership said the organisation was committed to providing support for carers

    Carrie Morris, Chief People Officer at The Openwork Partnership said the organisation was committed to providing support for carers

The firm, one of the UK’s largest and longest-established financial advice and investment networks, has completed the Swindon Employers Carers Award.

This recognises The Openwork Partnership's commitment to creating a workplace where unpaid carers are recognised and valued with the support of charity Swindon Carers Centre.

Colleagues with caring responsibilities have access to a wide range of support including Mental Health First Aiders, an employee assistance programme and a confidential conversation mailbox as part of the company’s Carers Policy.

The company has set up a Carers Support Group for staff, offering the chance for colleagues to get advice and information from Carer Lead Sarah Mason and Carer Representative Jenni Cass. 

They worked with Judy Evans, Partnerships Manager at Swindon Carers Centre, which provides help to more than 21,000 unpaid carers in Swindon, to further enhance and develop support for unpaid carers in the company.

Jenni Cass said: “We’ve had some fantastic feedback following the measures we’ve put in place. Colleagues have been able to connect to people who understand them in a way they’ve not been able to do before and I feel so proud to work for a company that puts inclusivity and wellbeing at the heart of its values. 

“The right support is available to all colleagues through our dedicated Carers’ Support Group and our Mental Health First Aiders and this has made a huge difference to my life and that of my little boy – who has complex needs.”

Carrie Morris, Chief People Officer at The Openwork Partnership said: “We are committed to providing support in the workplace for colleagues that enables each of us to reach our full potential professionally and personally. Juggling caring responsibilities with work can be challenging and we want to do all we can to help colleagues.”

Employers in the Swindon area can speak to Judy Evans, Partnerships Manager at Swindon Carers Centre - its website is https://www.swindoncarers.org.uk/ - for tailored advice and support on achieving the Swindon Employers Care Award.

The support for carers at The Openwork Partnership is part of the ongoing investment in the career fulfilment and wellbeing of employees which has seen the company rated one of the UK’s best places to work for three years in a row.

The Openwork Partnership has more than 4,300 financial advisers across the UK and operates as a directly authorised, multi-panel distribution network. 

Its new website - https://www.theopenworkpartnership.com/ - includes an interactive map enabling more clients to access support from the network.

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