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Supporting Carers at work makes business sense


There are more than three million people who currently have work and family caring responsibilities within the UK. It is approximated that 1 in 9 of a workforce in Derbyshire has unpaid caring responsibilities at any one time. Giving them support to manage unpaid caring alongside their paid work would benefit them, their families and their employer. This would result in British businesses and the UK economy potentially saving up to £1.3 billion a year (www.gov.uk)

Derbyshire Carers Association are teaming up with The University of Derby, Learn Direct and the Chamber of Commerce and other major employers and SME’s to help small and medium enterprises support the Carers employed by them. Supporting Carers in Employment will help valued, trained team members to continue in employment and achieve a realistic work/life balance.

Employers will be invited to sign a pledge to show their commitment to Carers within their service.

Employers who sign the Pledge will benefit from free training, resources and ongoing support from Derbyshire Carers Association. Issues which employers will be supported with include new rights for Carers in employment, working and caring and support available within the wider community.

“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)

“The majority of carers are of working age and the peak age for caring (50 – 64) often coincides with the peak of an individual’s career. One in five people in this age bracket are carers, including one in four women and one in six men. (Census, 2011)”


“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”

Narinder Sharma, Chief Executive, Derbyshire Carers Association

Free Consultation – Let us help you show you value your staff and are a Carer Friendly Employer. We offer:

• Face to face meeting to develop a personalised approach to support Carers best suited for your company

• Carers’ in-house events to promote Carers Week and Carers Rights Day

• Business cards, posters and resources for Carers enabling them to contact and access wider support from Derbyshire Carers Association

• E-learning and training for Line Managers – Supporting Carers at Work and Raising Awareness of Carers

• Wellbeing training

• Mental Health Awareness/First Aid Training

• County recognition of being a Business Supporting its Carers

• Opportunities to share ideas and resources with other likeminded organisations

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

Resources for employers

• Skills for Care


• Employers for Carers

• CIPD/Simply Health – Managing absence

• Carers UK: An employer’s guide

• Social Benefit of Supporting Carers in the Workplace

• Age UK Article – Walking the tightrope Report

• DWP Fuller Working Lives article

• Carers Rights

Carers in Employment – Accreditation Scheme

Evidence shows that demanding caring roles can cause ill health, poverty and social isolation.

When caring is intensive and unsupported people can struggle to hold down a job and carry out their usual daily activities.

• Employers sign up to demonstrate their commitment to supporting employees who provide care and support for elderly or disabled relatives

• Employers who look after the Carers in their workforce will benefit by attracting and supporting staff – with better staff retention, better morale and higher productivity.

This accreditation scheme aims to raise awareness about the growing number of working Carers (currently likely to be 1 in 9 and rising) and give recognition to those employers who support Carers in their workforce.

form to be completed by employer

Carers in employment flyer

For more information please call 01773 833833 or email employers@derbyshirecarers.co.uk

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