My Home Life Essex Community Association was founded in 2008. Its purpose was to offer free, confidential and expert advice to the community about residential care for older people and to support care home residents. In 2014 the Association launched FaNs (Friends and Neighbours) – a community movement to foster community support and relationships with local care homes within Essex. Its aim is to help make sure that people living in Essex care homes are able to enjoy the best possible quality of life according to their individual needs and wishes.
The aim of this project was to develop a comprehensive integrated campaign across Essex to improve the perception of care homes in Essex and promote interest in supporting them and their residents. This involved the creation of a clear and recognisable brand identity for the FaNs network to be applied to all marketing collateral including information packs for individuals, organisations and care homes signed up as FaNs.
Creating a positive philosophy around care homes
The national My Home Life movement was established to improve the quality of life of everyone connected with care homes for older people. It has become the recognised voice for the sector, which promotes best practice through appreciative support and transformative action. This approach was adopted by Essex County Council to create a 'My Home Life Essex' movement and there was active encouragement to involve Essex care home managers. Working with Mackman, this project needed to:
We were excited about working with local agency Mackman, who really understood why FaNs was so important and the crucial elements we wish to communicate with the different types of supporters in the community. To all the Mackman team, thanks for all the hard work, thoughtfulness and the creativity that has gone into the FaNs campaign. You have done a great job for us. The My Home Life Essex Community Association Board and care home managers are mightily impressed by the publicity materials and the website is looking lovely.Jan Lockyer, Programme Manager - FaNs
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