Promas is Cornish for a promise or undertaking. We chose this word because it represents our obligation and commitment to our work.
Promas Caring for People CIC is an award winning Community Interest Company. Winners of the Voluntary Sector Forum awards for VCSE Organisation delivering Learning in the Community 2014. We were also one of three organisations shortlisted for the 2016 Cornwall Carer awards in the category – Carer friendly Organisation.
We deliver training and development opportunities to unpaid carers, organisations and professionals who work with unpaid carers.This includes a range of courses for carers ., Promas is a Community Interest Company. We are enthusiastic and passionate about delivering an inclusive and exciting way of learning. Our mission is to empower people to develop themselves through a learning environment.
Our Core Work.
We work with unpaid carers across the County of Cornwall who are caring for a family member or friend, delivering free courses to teach carers the emotional, practical and resource skills necessary to enable them to continue in their caring roles. Caring for a family member or friend requires specialised skill. It is often unexpected and comes with no training on how to cope. Currently there is no training of this type available in the UK.
Of all the carers who have undertaken our training over 80% have experienced Depression, Anxiety and a multitude of physical illnesses exacerbated by their caring role. We want to ensure that this statistic reduces, not increases, giving people the right help and support to keep them well ensuring a healthy and active part in the community. Our courses are not a “sticking plaster”, but offer a preventative tool to abate crises before they happen.
Sometimes life events may have had a negative impact on people’s ability to move forward and progress. Our role is to teach people the skills and strategies to enable them to develop healthier and more fulfilling lives.
Giving back to the community
Many unpaid carers face social isolation due to their caring roles. They often experience loneliness and a reduction in their social activities. Promas CIC works with local businesses to organise fundraising events so that we can raise awareness of the issues facing unpaid carers. These events give unpaid carers an opportunity to attend free social activities across the county, where they can enjoy a free dinner or lunch. In addition they can meet other unpaid carers in a social setting. Promas CIC organises four to six events per year which provide 50 free places for unpaid carers.
Other Services we offer
We aim to work with a variety of people and organisations who work with unpaid carers to teach them the necessary tools and techniques which they can use personally and professionally to support the growth of unpaid carers within their organisations and professional practice.
We are committed to working with people in a way that meets their individual needs respectfully.
Community Interest Companies
Community Interest Companies (CICS) are limited companies, with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct a business or other activity for community benefit, and not purely for private advantage. This is achieved by a “community interest test” and “asset lock”, which ensure that the CIC is established for community purposes and the assets and profits are dedicated to these purposes. Registration of a company as a CIC has to be approved by the Regulator who also has a continuing monitoring and enforcement role. For further information regarding CIC’s go to www.bis.gov.uk/cicregulator/
Donate to Promas
There are approximately 67,000 carers in Cornwall. So far 504 adult carers and 11 young carers have attended our free courses. Promas offers free places to people who are caring for a family member or friend to attend our courses. To keep these courses free and available to all carers we are hosting fundraising activities and asking for donations. This course teaches carers the emotional, practical and resource skills necessary to help them to continue in their caring roles. It costs £100 for one carer to attend each day of the course. This money pays directly for all the carers costs, attendance, resources, course text book, travel and refreshments. If you would like to sponsor a carer for a whole or part payment of the course please donate. The donate button is located to the right side of your screen. All donations will be appreciated.