It is estimated that 1 in 7 of the UK workforce are juggling paid employment whilst caring for someone who is older, disabled or seriously ill. Without the right support, many unpaid carers may have to reduce their working hours or give up work completely to care. By 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 carer awareness training programme for staff and an opportunity to undertake the Lincolnshire Carers Quality Award.
Small and medium-sized organisations based in Lincolnshire can also become a member of ‘Employers for Carers’, which is FREE under Lincolnshire County Council’s umbrella membership. This online platform gives organisations and their employees access to a wide range or resources, tools and e-learning opportunities.
Employers for Carers is a national initiative run by Carers UK and provides practical ‘hands on’ advice and support for employers. For more information, please visit: www.employersforcarers.org
For an informal discussion on how Every-One can help your organisation, contact us on 01522 811582 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.