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Are you a carer friendly employer?

Published: Tuesday, 26th April 2022

Worcestershire Association of Carers is a local charity offering a range of free support to carers.

More and more employees are informally caring for elderly parents and family members – and the number is set to grow.  Currently 1 in 7 employees in the UK will also be in a caring role (known as working carers) and so the ability to support and retain working carers in the workplace is increasingly important for UK business.

Caring involves providing care and support to people who could not manage without that support. Caring can include helping a person with shopping, preparing their meals and feeding, doing household chores, filling in forms, managing money, dressing and washing, attending appointments, as well as providing emotional support.

Many carers are struggling to balance the demands of both working and caring. New research by Carers UK reveals that 2.6 million have quit their job to care for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill, with nearly half a million (468,000) leaving their job in the last two years alone - more than 600 people a day. The key age for caring is between 45-64 meaning some of you most skilled and experienced staff will be in a caring role. As an employer can you a afford to lose them?

As an employer recognising that there are carers in your workforce, and supporting them to manage their caring responsibilities and work can:

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve job performance
  • Improve job satisfaction
  • Decrease staff turnover
  • Improve staff loyalty

If you are an employer in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and you would like to find out how to access local expertise to support your staff who are working carers please contact Jane Taylor at Worcestershire Association Of Carers : jtaylor@carersworcs.org.uk

Worcestershire Association of Carers is a local charity offering a range of free support to carers. This includes a Carers Helpline 0300 012 4272 where you can call and speak to a trained Carer Advisor. Some of the areas we can help with include:

  • Helping you care at home
  • Planning for emergency situations
  • Getting a break
  • Making yourself heard
  • Getting out and about
  • Money and legal matters
  • Alternatives to caring at home
  • Staying safe
  • Equipment
  • Near end of life and after caring

Registered charity: 1071850 A company limited by guarantee. Registered in England & Wales 3485330

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