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Carers & Employment Project

1 in 9 of the workforce are juggling paid employment whilst caring for someone who is older, disabled or seriously ill and without the right support, many unpaid carers may have to reduce their working hours or give up work completely to care. Recognising the needs of carers, businesses can benefit from reduced recruitment and training costs and retaining their experienced staff, whilst reaping the rewards of creating a supportive working environment for carers.

Ultimately, it makes business sense to care for carers. 

Every-One, in partnership with Carers FIRST, are delivering a project funded through Lincolnshire County Council's Better Care Fund to help support carers wishing to return to or remain in employment and helping employers to become carer aware.

As part of the project, Every-One provide practical advice and support tailored to individual businesses around the county, helping them to support unpaid carers in the workplace. The support provided is free and aims to help organisations develop and implement ‘carer friendly’ policies and good practice, complemented with a free carer awareness training programme for staff and an opportunity to undertake the Lincolnshire Carers Quality Award

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) based in Lincolnshire, are also invited to become a member of ‘Employers for Carers’, which is free under Lincolnshire County Council’s umbrella membership, giving them access to a wide range of resources, click here for more information. Currently there are 22 SMEs around the county signed up to the scheme. 

For an informal discussion on how Every-One can help your business, contact the Carers & Employment Worker, Holly Aisthorpe, on 07741572197 or email holly.aisthorpe@every-one.org.uk.

Carers FIRST are working with carers 16 years and over on a one-to-one basis or in small groups providing information, advice and guidance to help with improved confidence and self-esteem, exploring individual’s readiness for work and identify any barriers they may face. Carers preparing for a return to work have access to C.V. and interview skills workshops, with additional opportunities around education and training, as well as exploring volunteering as a stepping stone back into employment.

Carers who would like to find out more about the support available to them can contact Karen Garlant, Employment Project Coordinator at Carers FIRST, on 01476 851031 or email employment@carersfirst.org.uk.

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