Speaking at the CareTech Care Awards 2018, Foundation CEO Jonathan Freeman announced the launch of the Foundation’s latest grant funding stream, a Staff Hardship Fund for current and recent staff of CareTech PLC suffering significant financial hardship.
“This last year, the three of us in the Foundation team have visited services up and down the country. We have been consistently struck by the dedication and professionalism of the staff we meet. We have been inspired. And we have been touched by the love you so clearly show to those in your care.
We recognise, though, that staff often face significant issues of their own where you badly need some help. That is why I am delighted that CareTech has agreed to provide a donation to the Foundation to establish a new Staff Hardship Fund. Launching today, the Foundation now has the resources to provide support to CareTech staff facing significant financial hardship when other help just isn’t available.”
The new Staff Hardship Fund will be overseen by the independent members of the Board of trustees and will be able to award grants of up to £2,500 for individuals facing significant financial hardship when other sources of help are unavailable. Full guidance on the Fund is available here.
Jonathan Further added:
“As individuals and as a society, we entrust some of the most vulnerable individuals to the thousands of care workers up and down the country coping with sometimes unimaginable difficulties and challenges. Just as we, rightly, celebrate and cherish staff working in the uniformed services and the health service, we must now put care workers on the same level. Being a care worker is not a job, it really is a vocation. One that demands professionalism, skill and dedication equal to any other role.”