Who are working Carers? A working Carer is someone in full or part-time employment, who also provides unpaid support, or who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their age, physical or mental illness, or disability.
AfFC New Work Challenge
Our “New Work Challenge” will support unpaid Carers and former Carers to access employment opportunities.
The programme aims to help Carers build confidence and resilience, improve health and wellbeing and secure a new future by starting on a journey towards rewarding and sustainable employment.
Carers will work one-to-one with Paul, our Carer Employment Lead. Paul will work with them on any barriers that prevent them moving forward. These may be unrelated to actual employment and could be social care or benefit system challenges, or emotional or wellbeing issues.
Paul and the Carer also work together to develop an action plan and this might involve education, training or volunteering before looking for employment. It may include updating a CV or seeking funding for courses, etc.
We also have fantastic opportunities for Carers to access accredited training at hugely discounted rates. For example, via this project we can offer Carers the European Computer Driving Licence for FREE! Normal price is £600.
Whatever is needed, Paul will aim to achieve the best outcome for every individual he works with. For more information contact Paul on 0300 770 80 90, call him directly on 07511 900154 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video link – Balancing work and caring
This is a short clip about people who are pleased that they have the opportunity to care and show how much love they have. It is a film about four ladies who, in addition to their working lives, take time out to care for a family member…it's emotional.
A working Carer's view on how employers can help
Staff wellbeing, recognise it’s sometimes hard to manage work/life balance: juggling family life/ caring responsibilities and wanting to continue to do a good job at work can lead to emotional and physical stress. Provide support to line managers in supporting carers within the team.
Encourage employees to identify themselves as carers and provide an information pack to advise them of support available within the organisation and community.
Recognise the need to be flexible to allow time off to attend appointments - Do you operate flexible working so the Carer can attend appointments or caring duties during the working day and make up the time outside of normal working hours? Consider allowing additional time off as 'Carers leave'.
Carers need to talk to people who can offer advice and personal experiences - Do you know your Carer employees? Can you provide opportunities for your Carer employees to meet and talk?
Help your Carer employee to identify opportunities to put structures/ routines in place to make their life easier and share the load (Consider training line managers about Carers' needs and provide opportunities for the line managers to share their learning and experiences to support their staff. Consider developing a guidance/ information document for Carers and their managers.