Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA) have teamed up with The University of Derby, the Chamber of Commerce and other major employers and SMEs to help support unpaid carers in employment. 


Our Carers in Employment initiative aims to support and encourage businesses to recruit and retain those staff who, due to their unpaid caring responsibilities, are at risk of leaving the workforce as a result of stress, ill health, lack of understanding and/or simply lack of time.  {Click here to download our Supporting Carers in Employment leaflet}


As part of the Carers in Employment initiative, we will recruit businesses across Derbyshire, to sign up to our Carers Pledge and show their commitment to unpaid carers within their organisation.  In signing the Pledge, employers will benefit from free training, resources and ongoing support from DCA. Understanding that a “one size fits all” approach isn’t always feasible, DCA will help to review policies and procedures to enable employers to offer a level of support that is appropriate to their own workplace.


Providing employees with the support to manage their unpaid caring alongside their paid work offers benefits to them, their families and the employer. Examples of such support would be:


• Access to a telephone at work

• Car parking space at/near work

• Flexible working hours

• Unpaid and paid leave

• Career breaks


Organisations that have introduced flexible working and special leave arrangement for carers have judged them a success. Their message is that it makes business sense to care for carers.


Supporting unpaid carers in employment will not only help skilled, experienced staff members to continue in employment and achieve a realistic work/life balance but also benefits your organisation in:


• Attracting and retaining staff

• Reducing stress

• Reducing recruitment and training costs

• Increasing productivity

• Reducing sick and absenteeism

• Improving service delivery

• Producing cost saving

• Increasing staff morale

• Improving people management


There are up to 5 million people who currently have work and caring responsibilities within the UK.

1 in 9 of the workforce in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire has unpaid caring responsibilities at any one time.


This work results in British businesses and the UK economy saving up to £1.3 billion year (www.gov.uk)



“Where possible, carers should be encouraged to remain in work and encouraged to progress their careers. Employers should be encouraged to develop flexibility to ensure carers can care and still be valued in their workplace. That is what Carers in Employment is trying to achieve and that is why the Chamber is happy to support it.”


Scott Knowles, Chief Executive, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)


“We are delighted that the Local Enterprise Partnership is making a commitment to workers who are bearing the strain of caring for a loved one. We will help local employers help their employees. It makes business sense for employers to retain their most skilled workers who are juggling with caring issues and work”




Carers in Employment Pledge


Organisations signing up to the Carers in Employment initiative will be shown how to become a carer-friendly employer, developing a bespoke approach to support carers, and how to implement this within their workplace.


·         Understanding flexible working options

·         Recruitment and Induction (how to show your organisation’s support from your first communication)

·         Carers Policy template

·         Carers Register and/or Carers Passport awareness

·         Manager training to identify and support carers at work and raise awareness of the organisation’s support

·         In-house support groups – carers café, carers staff network

·         In-house events – Carers Week, Carers Rights Day

·         Access to all the specialist services Derbyshire Carers Association offers to carers including free Carers Assessments carried out in your workplace


All the above are free of charge and part of the Pledge.  In addition, we are happy to cost up a package of training to include:


·         Carers Rights & Employment Law (delivered by an Employment Law Specialist)

·         Wellbeing training

·         Managing stress at work

·         Mental health awareness


Carers Champion


As part of the Pledge, you will be asked to nominate a Carers Champion in your organisation.  Champions will undertake training on carer awareness, how to identify carers in the workplace, make them aware of the help and support available in the community and ensure they are accessing the support available from you the employer to enable them to continue in employment.


DCA will update champions through a quarterly newsletter detailing new legislation, local and national services, changes to support services and upcoming training and events.


Carers Champion Bespoke Training


Using local and national research we have created a bespoke training programme which will inform and empower nominated Carers Champions from each organisation. These will be delivered via quarterly conferences within their local area.


The training will be for half a day and will cover the following areas:


• Who is a Carer?

• A day in the life of a Carer

• The impact of caring

• Legislation

• Working and caring

• Carers needs

• Local support available for Carers




The Carers in Employment initiative is supported by Derbyshire County Council and along with the training includes:


• A certificate to display in the workplace

• County recognition by means of DCA website’s Carer-friendly Employer Listing

• Marketing materials

• Local & national signposting to help in the community

• Monitoring to demonstrate how the organisation and the carer has benefited



Carer-Friendly Employers


Is your employer carer-friendly?  As an employee you do not need to make your employer aware of your caring responsibilities.  However, they may be able to support you in ways you hadn’t considered, or even just have regular catch-up to see how you are.


Knowing that your employer is happy to listen and provide support if you need it, particularly if circumstances may change for you due to a caring role, can have a huge impact.  Take a look at our Is your Employer Carer Friendly leaflet.


Supporting Unpaid Carers in Employment Webinar


How and why your organisation should support the unpaid carers in your employment.


Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA) have teamed up with The University of Derby, the Chamber of Commerce and other major employers and SMEs to help support unpaid carers in employment.

Our online webinar provides an opportunity to learn about the issue of unpaid caring, how as an employer you can identify and support those who manage caring responsibilities alongside their work and introduces our Carers in Employment Initiative.

The Initiative aims to support and encourage organisations to recruit and retain those staff who, due to their unpaid caring responsibilities, are at risk of leaving the workforce as a result of stress, ill health, lack of understanding and/or simply lack of time.

As part of the Initiative, we will recruit organisations across Derbyshire, to sign up to our carers pledge and show their commitment to unpaid carers within their organisation. In signing the pledge, employers will benefit from free training, resources and ongoing support from DCA.

To register for one of the events employers@derbyshirecarers.co.uk


Contact Us


If you would like to become part of this initiative to support carers within your own organisation, take a look at our Supporting Carers in Employment leaflet or get in touch and we will be more than happy to work alongside you to achieve this goal.


Carers in Employment Team

Derbyshire Carers Association


01773 833833



Advice & Guidance

Preparing for Covid-19 vaccinations


Acas:  Acas gives employees and employers free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice. We also offer training and help to resolve disputes.


Advice Now:  a wide range of advice on the law and your rights from selected legal and community information websites.  Advice Now also publish a range of guides on a variety of topics including discrimination in the workplace.


Age UK Derby and Derbyshire:  information on local, community and national services for older people and their carers, guidance on issues affecting older people and their carers, welfare rights, assessment of entitlement to benefits, social and emotional issues, legal issues (wills etc).


Alzeimers.org.uk:  our dementia support workers offer information and practical guidance to help you understand dementia, cope with day-to-day challenges and prepare for the future.


Attendance Allowance:  helps with extra costs if someone has a disability severe enough that they need someone to help look after them.


Carer’s Assessment:   if you care for someone, you can have an assessment to see what might help make your life easier. A carer's assessment is free and anyone over 18 can ask for one.  It's separate from the needs assessment the person you care for might have, but you can ask to have them both done at the same time.


Carer’s Allowance:   You could get £67.25 a week if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits.  You do not have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for.


Carers Direct:  a web-based introduction service, whereby people seeking care can identify and approach skilled and compassionate care assistants, while bringing benefits to both.  The site introduces carers for Live-In Care, Hourly Care & Over Night Care.


Carers in Derbyshire:  Carers in Derbyshire has been created by a partnership of unpaid carers and local health, social care and voluntary sector organisations. The website intends to be a ‘starting point’ for carers who are using the internet to find help, advice and support services in Derbyshire at any time of the day or night.


•Derbyshire County Council Adult Care

•NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

•Derbyshire Carers Association

•Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust (DCHS)

•Derbyshire Health Care NHS Foundation Trust

•Derby City and South Derbyshire Mental Health Carers Forum

•Mental Health Carers Community: Chesterfield and North Derbyshire

•Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Carer Passport:  A Carer Passport is essentially a record which identifies a carer in some way and leads to provision of support, services or other benefits in response.  This website makes the case for setting up a Carer Passport scheme, giving you resources and guidance to help you transform recognition and support for carers.


Carers Trust:   work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. Our vision is that unpaid carers count and can access the help they need to live their lives.


Carers UK:   provides expert advice, information and support.  You can contact Carers UK for free, impartial advice about caring on 0808 808 7777 or adviceline@carersuk.org.


Citizens Advice:   having a job is an essential part of most people's lives. When you are in work, you can be faced with many difficult issues, so it is essential to know what your rights are. Here you can find out more about those rights and how to solve problems.


Derbyshire County Council:  Information and help with adult care services in Derbyshire.


Derbyshire Mental Health Helpline:   Mental health support is now available to Derbyshire residents of all ages through a new mental health support line.  Call 0800 028 0077 - this is a freephone number and calls from landlines or mobiles should be free. The support line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Dementia UK:  provides specialist dementia support for families through their Admiral Nurse service.  When things get challenging or difficult for people with dementia and their families, Admiral Nurses work alongside them. They give the compassionate one-to-one support, guidance and practical solutions people need, and that can be hard to find elsewhere.


Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS):   provides information, advice and support on discrimination and human rights issues to individuals.  Advice on what the Equality Act 2010 says and how it applies to you.  Advice on how you may be able to resolve your issue.  Assist you in finding local sources of support.


Law Works: organisations who may be able to help you in England and Wales by providing advice and support


MarieCurie.org.uk:  If you or someone you’re close to has a terminal illness.  There are a range of ways they can help you, from clear, useful information about living with a terminal illness to expert nursing care in your home.


NHS health check:  is a health check-up for adults in England aged 40-74.  It is designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia.  As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions.


Nopanic.org.uk:  a registered charity which helps people who suffer from panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders and other related anxiety disorders.  No Panic also provides support for the carers of people who suffer from anxiety disorders.


Rethink.org:  the Rethink Mental Illness advice and information service offers practical help on a wide range of topics such as The Mental Health Act, community care, welfare benefits, and carers rights. We also offer general information on living with mental illness, medication and care.


University of Derby Student Legal Advice Centre:   The University of Derby Student Law Clinic is a pro bono service whereby students under the supervision of a qualified solicitor will offer advice and assistance on a range of matters to the community.


Working Families:  Working Families is the UK’s work-life balance charity. We help working parents and carers—and their employers—find a better balance between responsibilities at home and in the workplace.  We provide free legal advice to parents and carers on their rights at work. We give employers the tools they need to support their employees while creating a flexible, high-performing workforce.


Derbyshire Carers Association

3 Park Road, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3EF

Tel:  01773 833833  info@derbyshirecarers.co.uk

Charity No:  1062777




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