Passport office receives award in recognition of work to identify and support carers

23rd September 22

HMP carer Friendly Tick Award photoHis Majesty’s Passport Office Peterborough (HMPO) has been awarded Caring Together’s Carer Friendly Tick Award (Employers), in recognition of their work to identify and support carers in their workforce.

The renewal of the award was decided by a panel of carers who assessed the submission on behalf of the charity which supports people caring for family members or friends.

His Majesty’s Passport Office Peterborough has 600 employees.

Rebecca, carers group chair, HMPO, said HMPO are extremely proud to have been awarded the Carer Friendly Tick Award (Employer) again said, “Being recognised for the policies we have in place and the support offered to carers in the workplace is fantastic!

“Applying for and being awarded the Carer Friendly Tick award as well as working with Caring Together has been hugely beneficial for HMPO staff. The award gives HMPO Carers Group a standard to work towards which helps us continue to offer the best support we can.”

The panel of carers who assessed the submission were impressed by the range of work being done to identify and support staff who are caring for a family member or friend.

The HMPO received the award for reasons including;

  • They have a dedicated carers groups in each office to support carers in the workplace.
  • They signpost carers to support available within HMPO and the Charity for Civil Servants.
  • They work with Caring Together and Carers UK to offer staff support.
  • They have a Carers Passport and reasonable adjustments, such as flexible working, is offered to help staff balance their caring responsibilities and work role.

Andy McGowan, head of engagement at Caring Together, said, “With three in five of us likely to be a carer at some stage in our lives we are seeing more and more employers across the county recognising the importance of identifying and supporting carers within the workplace.

“We are very pleased to see His Majesty’s Passport Office Peterborough having their work to identify and support carers recognised by the Carer Friendly Tick Award (Employers) again. As one of the first organisations to receive the award, we want to congratulate them and thank them for the continued work that they are doing which makes a real difference to carers.

“It is encouraging to see that the organisation understands the challenges carers face and the potential limitations their caring role may have on their day-to-day work and career prospects. The understanding and support of employers can make a huge difference to carers and the people they look after.

“We hope that other employers, communities, schools, colleges, universities and health organisations, will follow in this good work. They can develop their own ways to identify and support carers, and we are here to help them do this. As the number and awareness of carers grows this will be an ever more important part of making sure carers are given the recognition and help they deserve.”

Click here to read more about our Carer Friendly Tick Awards and how your organisation can support carers.

Photo: Staff from HMPO Peterborough with Zoe Bunter, head of fundraising at Caring Together.