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Nottinghamshire Carers Association (NCA) have teamed up with major employers and SMEs to help support unpaid carers in employment. 

 

We have launched our Carers in Employment initiative which aims to support and encourage businesses to 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 Nottinghamshire, 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 NCA. Understanding that a “one size fits all” approach isn’t always feasible, NCA 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 nearly 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).

 

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

·         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

 

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.

 

NCA 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

 

Accreditation

 

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

 

• A certificate to display in the workplace

• County recognition by means of Nottinghamshire Carers Association’s 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.

  

 

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
Nottinghamshire Carers Association
employers@nottinghamshirecarers.co.uk
01773 833833

  

Advice & Guidance

 

Nottinghamshire Carers Hub: provides Information, advice and guidance including:

 

1-2-1 telephone support

Signposting to other organisations

Virtual online Carer Support Groups via the online medium GoToMeeting

Virtual online drop in sessions (face to face with a support worker via various online channels, on dates and times to suit you)

Online mindfulness courses

Assistance to collect essential items

Carers Smart benefits and discounts

Carers grants

Access to Respite Services

Access to Carers Assessments

 

Notts Help Yourself:  this website is designed to help people find information about a whole range of organisations and services including health and social care and support for adults and children.

 

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 Notts Legal Service: a free, professional and confidential advice via a local solicitor on legal matters.  Free to anyone 55+.  The service is delivered in person via a 20-minute advice session or over the telephone by arrangement.

 

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 Federation:  information and advice on your rights as a carer, the support available to you, and much more (including benefits, assessments and condition specific information).

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Nottingham County Council:  being a carer may affect health, work, social life, finances, education, or family and personal life. It is important to know what help is available to help balance a caring life with a life of your own. There are a number of local and national organisations that provide support to carers, and Nottinghamshire County Council and local health services may be able to provide additional support. To find out what is available you can:

 

• contact the Nottinghamshire Carers Hub

• look up information using the Notts Help Yourself website

• contact the Nottinghamshire County Council Customer Service Centre: 03005008080

 

Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust: by listening to and involving carers of patients, we can provide better care for our patients and service users. Our Involvement Experience and Volunteering Strategy  sets out how we will ensure that we involve carers, families, friends and siblings and how we will listen to (and act upon) their views by working  to the six standards of The Triangle of Care.

 

Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust:  provides information and advice to those unpaid carers working in the NHS Trust.

 

Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre: the centre offers free legal advice and assistance on a range of services including employment rights and business law.  The service is provided by law students working under the supervision of qualified solicitors.

 

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.

 

Turning Point: Nottinghamshire mental health helpline.  Anyone living in Nottinghamshire can use the service.  Emotional support or information about what help is available locally for people struggling with their mental health.  9am-11pm 7 days a week.  0330 555 0730.

 

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.

 

 

Nottinghamshire Carers Association is a subsidiary of Derbyshire Carers Association
3 Park Road, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3EF
Tel: 01773 833 833 info@derbyshirecarers.co.uk

Charity No: 1062777

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