The Sussex Armed Forces Network were pleased to accept an award from the Sector Star Awards 2016 for Best Partnership or Collaboration, we were joint winners with Time to Talk Befriending.
The Sector Star Awards are organised by Community Works and recognise the contributions of volunteers and staff who change lives in the Brighton and Hove locality.
The Network’s nomination was for the work being undertaken in Brighton and Hove where there is close working with the Reserve Centre, SSAFA in Dyke Road, Royal British Legion Pop-In Centre, Carers Centre, Mill View, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, and the Brighton and Hove Civil Military Partnership Board, to name a few of the organisations involved.
The philosophy for the network has been to raise the awareness of the needs of this population, who can be hard to reach often hidden and they do not even realise that they could receive help. By ensuring all organisations through their usual services (ie NHS, Social Care, police, offenders, alcohol services, charities) have the understanding and are equipped with tools and information to treat and care for this population. There are trained champions who provide the internal expertise to their teams and organisations.
It is planned that our ‘Working Together CAN Make a Difference’ event on 24 January 2017 will also help show case how this work has made a difference to individuals and their families.
The Award (pictured above from left to right) was presented by Linda Saltwell, a previous Chief Executive with the Trust For Developing Communities and accepted by Kate Parkin, Director of the Sussex Armed Forces Network; Jane Burt, Carers and Families Lead for the Sussex Armed Forces Network and Carers Engagement for the Carers Centre; and Amanda Jameson, Admin and Website Support for the Sussex Armed Forces Network.