Business scoops award for helping isolated couple
TOOWOOMBA business Creative Blinds has been awarded the top accolade for offering the most "carer-friendly" service in Queensland.
Staff at Creative Blinds won the Carers Queensland's Great Service Award at the Carer-Friendly Business Awards in Brisbane.
Toowoomba woman Jan Wright, who cares for her husband Keith, nominated Creative Blinds after they went above and beyond their usual service for the socially-isolated couple.
"We had moved from Canberra to Toowoomba," she said.
"Being a carer with all that it entails, I was struggling to find any social outlets to make new friends.
Ms Wright said she became depressed in the "seemingly lonely and confined space of my carer role."
"We were arranging trade quotes for our new home when we met Kirsty and Bek from Creative Blinds," she said.
"It was clear that they could see I was struggling, because, the next day, Bek turned up on my doorstep armed with a list of social outlets she and Kirsty had thought of for us.
"It was her day off and she had an ill son to care for but the fact that she found time for us - and to give me a warm hug - was way beyond the scope of her work duties."
Ms Wright said the staff members' actions were profound.
"Kirsty and Bek opened doors for me to join in activities and social groups," she said.
"They have helped me out of depression and made me smile again.
"It is refreshing and reassuring to know that such amazing people are around us."
The Carer-Friendly Business awards celebrates employees and businesses that go the extra mile for unpaid family carers.
Coinciding with National Carers Week (October 16-22), the awards are in their 13th year and aim to raise the profile of business and employees who make a positive impact on the lives of unpaid family carers in their communities.