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  • Carers in Employment at Chilwell

    Carers in Employment at Chilwell

    Today we had another successful Carers in Employment event at the Haveli Restaurant in Chillwell Nottinghamshire.

    The event was to help employers understand how to support working Carers within their workforce and understand the impact of their Caring responsibilities.
    Scott Knowles from the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce was our key note speaker, Scott explained the benefits to businesses of supporting their staff who are Carers and the valuable skills Carers can bring to their job.

    There are more than 3 million people who currently have work and caring responsibilities within the UK. 1 in 9 of a workforce in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire has unpaid caring responsibilities at any one time. This work results in British businesses’ and the UK economy potentially saving up to £1.3 billion a year (www.gov.uk). It is approximated that giving them support to manage unpaid caring alongside their paid work would benefit them, their families and their employer.
    Since launching The Carers in Employment project last year, DCA have now recruited over 100 businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, all of which have signed up to their Carers Pledge. The pledge states that each organisation has to nominate a key member of staff (Carers Champion) to attend regular events and training sessions that detail information to help support both the Carer and the employer within their organisation. DCA will review HR policies and procedures to enable employers to offer different levels of support within the workplace. Examples of this could be:

    Flexible working hours
    Access to a telephone
    Car parking space at/near work
    Working from home
    Unpaid and paid leave
    Career breaks
    Organisations that have introduced flexible working and special leave arrangements for Carers have judged them a success. Their message is: it makes business sense to care for Carers.
    The flexible supportive approach:
    Attracts and retains staff
    Reduces stress
    Reduces recruitment and training costs
    Increases resilience and productivity
    Reduces sick leave and absenteeism
    Improves service delivery
    Produces cost savings
    Improves people management
    Increases staff morale

    If you’re organisation would like to be part of the Carers in Employment project and sign up to our pledge then please get in contact on Tel: 01773 833833 or E-mail: employers@derbyshirecarers.co.uk

  • Carers in Employment

    Carers in Employment

    There are a complex set of challenges when supporting Carers to remain in or return to the workforce, but the Carers in Employment Project has highlighted the importance of raising the profile of working Carers as a group in the workplace.

    Below is an article published by the BBC highlighting the huge demands of a caring role whilst being employed.

    BBC article

    Our Carers in Employment project will help both employers and employees to benefit from using existing opportunities, such as the right to request flexible working.

    The project has also shown that initiatives like this one can add value to the working practices of SME’s.

    This is because they are less likely than larger employers to have established HR policies and practices to support working Carers.

    The project will raise employer awareness of the realities facing working Carers, encourage more supportive workplace cultures and reduced conflict between staff over work adjustments for Carers.

    Advocacy and support work services provided by our project will also help working Carers cope better at crucial ‘tipping points’ or domestic crises that otherwise were likely to have had a more detrimental effect on maintaining the balance of care and work.

    Click here to find out more about the project

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