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Carers Week 2022

This week is Carers Week. This may be something that you are already very familiar with, or it may be very new to you and your organisation.

 

The week is about raising awareness of Carers across the country and using this as a catalyst to both increase awareness of Caring across all sectors but also to reach Carers who have not yet identified themselves as Carers.

 

There are lots of ways you can get involved, one of the best ways to get involved is to share information about the initiative within your workplaces and across your networks. Information about the national campaign is here: https://www.carersweek.org/ where you can add your pledge or activities.

 

Carers FIRST are hosting a range of activities for Carers throughout the week including a Virtual event on the 10th of June. See information here: https://www.carersfirst.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/campaigns/carers-week/

 

Carers Week is a great way to start the conversation within your workplace about supporting staff with caring responsibilities. Some of the things you can do this week to show your commitment include:

  • A staff survey/questionnaire to help identify staff who are Carers or to gain their feedback in relation to what they might like to see in terms of workplace support.
  • Sending out information about Caring through your communication channels to help staff identify they are a Carer.
  • Taking part in sharing relevant information on social media.

 

Staff Carer Networks – Setting up and facilitating a Staff Carer Network is a great way to enable peer support and conversation - https://every-one.org.uk/staff-carer-networks/

Carer Awareness Training and E-Learning – Providing staff with Carer Awareness Training will ensure a base level of Carer awareness and understanding across your organisation - https://every-one.org.uk/what-we-do/training-development-awareness/

Employers for Carers – The Employers for Carers online platform is a useful starting point for obtaining template policy documents for a carers policy or flexible working policy if you do not yet have one. It also includes a template staff questionnaire you can use and has toolkits explaining the legislation in regards to Carers and how to begin embedding workplace support. If you do not yet have access to this platform, please get in touch with Every-One. https://efcdigital.org/

Carer Passports - A Carer Passport is a record which identifies a Carers caring responsibilities and leads to provision of support, services or other benefits in response - https://www.carerpassport.uk/

 

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