Specialist law firm, Hyphen Law, which provides Court of Protection services and advice on Personal Injury Trusts, 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 businesses to realise the benefits of supporting carers in the workforce. Hyphen Law received the bronze award at the Working for Carers’ first ever gala evening to celebrate the success of firms.
Organised by the charity Carer Support Wiltshire – which supports thousands of unpaid carers across the region – 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.
Hyphen 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.
Tom Hall, Associate Solicitor at Hyphen Law, said: “Looking after a loved one who is ill, disabled or elderly is not easy – it can be stressful, emotionally draining, physically hard and extremely isolating. If you add the demands of employment, whether that’s full-time or part-time work, it is not surprising that one in five carers drops out of the workforce, through no fault of their own.
“At Hyphen Law, many of our clients are cared for by family members or are carers themselves and we understand how tough it can be to juggle demands at home and work. That’s why we are thrilled to receive our Working for Carers Bronze Award for our carer-friendly policies that enable carers to achieve a better work/life balance.
“Carer Support Wiltshire does fantastic work ensuring employers recognise the valuable contribution carers make both in the home and in the workplace and raising awareness of how the issues can be addressed.”
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.”
About Hyphen Law
Hyphen Law is a national team of highly experienced, dedicated specialist lawyers and support staff working solely on Court of Protection cases relating to property and affairs. Its expert team works with Case Managers, Solicitors, families and carers to deliver tailored Deputyship services and Personal Injury Trusts.
About Carer Support
Carer Support Wiltshire is a registered charity offering support, information, advice and break opportunities to carers across Wiltshire.
A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to a family member or friend who could not manage without their help. In the 2011 census it showed that there were 47,608 carers in Wiltshire. For more information contact Jules Stanbridge at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01380 872119. www.carersinwiltshire.co.uk.