We at Carers Trust Solihull are thrilled to announce that we have been selected as the winner of the Solihull Chamber of Commerce Excellence in the Third Sector Award. The announcement was made on Friday 20th October, at the awards ceremony held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, marking a significant achievement for our organisation.
Our CEO, Brandon Scott Omenka, spoke after receiving the award: “I am delighted to see us win the coveted Solihull Award for Excellence in the Third Sector. The other nominees were highly respected, established, and stiff competition. It is a vote of confidence in Carers Trust Solihull’s hard work over the years to support carers who are the backbone of care in the community.”
Receiving the award was made even more special as carers who benefit from the service joined the staff team to celebrate the win. They were overjoyed to know that our vital service and excellent work supporting carers for over 20 years across Solihull had been recognised:
“Carers Trust Solihull has been an Integral part of our family support network for over two years. They have made a significant difference to our lives and no doubt the lives of other carers. My personal thanks go to Sally, Michelle and Louise who have been our consistent key workers, however I appreciate that Solihull Carers is a whole team and without each of you this special charity would not be what it is. This award is so well deserved, I am delighted they won.”
Colleagues from Sydney Mitchel LLP Solicitors, who have been instrumental in supporting our charity through their provision of free Wills and Powers of Attorney training, as well as recently making us their Charity of the Year, were also present in the celebrations. Additionally, and UB Healthcare Ltd, who made us their charity of the Year from this September, further strengthening our organisation’s partnerships.
Brandon Scott-Omenka continued; “we also are blessed to have support from local donors, the National Carers Trust and of course our long-term partners Solihull Council who were invaluable during the lockdowns in helping us reach out to isolated carers.”
We would also like to extend our appreciation to the Chambers, particularly Sam Frampton and Paula Charles, for encouraging and facilitating engagement with the business sector. This collaboration has allowed Carers Trust Solihull to tailor information, advice, and support to businesses whose staff or colleagues are carers, further enhancing our impact in the community.
We would also like to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of our dedicated staff and volunteers, who make it a great workplace and enable the organisation to fulfil our mission effectively.
During the award ceremony, Carers Trust Solihull was honoured to be joined on stage by two of our carers, whose presence served as a reminder of the meaningful impact their work has on the lives of those they support.
“We will use this boost to develop the charity further and ensure an excellent Carer’s Rights Day on November 22nd and 23rd.”