Speaking at the CareTech Care Awards 2018, Foundation CEO Jonathan Freeman set out some of the achievements of the Foundation over the last year, showing the Foundation’s new film highlighting examples of the impact that some of our Family and Friends grants and Match Fund grants have made.
In the last 12 months, Jonathan explained that the Foundation has been able to award 26 Match Fund grants, totalling over £9,000, supporting the amazing charitable fundraising efforts of CareTech staff and service users. In addition, the Foundation has awarded 16 Family and Friends grants to projects in local communities, totalling £21,000. The newly-released film highlights three case studies of how these grants have made a real difference.
In his speech, Jonathan noted that in its first year, the Foundation provided just under £1 million to some fantastic causes through its Partnership Grants:
- The British Asian Trust’s mental health programme in Pakistan has helped over 1300 people to discuss mental health issues and access the services they need.
- Barnardo’s new digital resource for care leavers has now entered testing, with CareTech staff and service users playing a key role.
- Skills for Care will soon be rolling out Values Based Recruitment training and awarding new grants for its ‘Recruiting for Potential’ project.
- The Care Workers Charity has reached their highest ever monthly total of hardship grants, distributing over £17,000 in just one month, as well as undertaking a significant re-launch of its Champions programme.
Jonathan also noted the recent launch of the Foundation’s latest partnership – a three-year project with the EY Foundation to promote careers in the care sector and help care leavers fulfil their potential by moving successfully into further education and employment.