Help & Care wins award for social impact

Help & Care, a charity based in Pokesdown, has been awarded the ‘Making a Mark’ 2016 award by the only internationally available social enterprise accreditation body, Social Enterprise Mark CIC.


Mark Sharman, the CEO of Help & Care, received the award at the organisation’s annual conference held in Salford, Manchester in June. Selected out of more than 200 businesses accredited by Social Enterprise Mark CIC, Help & Care was nominated for the award alongside businesses including The Eden Project and the Golf Enterprise Organization.

The competition highlights examples of how accredited social enterprises are creating considerable social impact within their local communities and in wider society.

We were both surprised and delighted to receive this award because it is not only a recognition of what we do or how we do it, it is about the most important thing which is what impact are we having on the lives of people and communities. It is a recognition of our great staff and volunteer team who live our values to make a difference.

Mark Sharman, CEO of Help & Care

The Social Enterprise Mark enables credible social enterprises to prove that they are making a real difference to society, communities and the environment.

We are delighted to announce the long standing Social Enterprise Mark holder Help & Care as the ‘Making a Mark’ competition winners. They won because they not only help people who want something different and better out of life, they can also demonstrate clearly how they are making a difference to people’s lives. Well done to Mark and his team.

Lucy Findlay, the Managing Director of Social Enterprise Mark CIC.

Help & Care was established in 1985 as a small charity and has since flourished and grown into an organisation that promotes dignity and independence for all people, particularly those in their later life. 

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