Supporting Unpaid Carers 01768 890280
Employers

Being a Carer, looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner can be both rewarding and exhausting.  For a Carer, it can sometimes be difficult balancing work with caring responsibilities.  

Supporting Carers to manage the sometimes difficult job of balancing work with caring responsibilities can deliver real benefits to employers as well as helping individuals and their families. Unfortunately 1 in 5 Carers give up work because the job of juggling their work and caring responsibilities simply becomes too much.

The number of Carers in the UK is expected to grow from 6 million to 9 million in the next 30 years, collectively we cannot afford to ignore this issue in the workplace.

You can be a supportive employer by:

  • Identifying Carers in your workforce, discussing their caring role and if it is impacting on their work with them
  • Adhering to existing employees rights; 
    • Requests for flexible working.  
    • Time off for emergencies
    • Parental leave
    • Protection from discrimination

We will support you to become / continue to be a Carer friendly employer.  The accrediation, 'Employers Support Working Carers'  was developed by our partner Carlisle Carers and encompasses 5 basic steps the employer commits to:

  • idenifying workplace Carers
  • introducing workplace policies for Working Carers
  • consider flexible working
  • offer other practical support
  • communicate and raise awareness.

We have found, through years of experience, that empathy and creativity, can solve most situations.

If, as an employer, you would like more information or to discuss a situation with us, please contact our office on 01768 890280.