Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA) have teamed up with The University of Derby, DTS, The Chamber of Commerce and other major employers/SMEs to help support Carers in Employment.
DCA launched their Carers in Employment initiative 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.
Since launching The Carers in Employment project last year, DCA have recruited over 100 businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, all of which have signed up to the Carers Pledge. The pledge states that each organisation has to nominate a key member of staff to attend regular training and events. Our events will provide information to help support both the Carer and the employer, and DCA will review HR policies and procedures to enable employers to offer different levels of support within the workplace.
Employers have been invited to sign our Carers 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 DCA. Supporting Carers in Employment will help skilled, experienced staff members to continue in employment and achieve a realistic work/life balance.
There are more than 3 million people who currently have work and caring responsibilities within the UK. 1 in 9 of the workforce in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire has unpaid caring responsibilities at any one time.
Our work results in British businesses and the UK economy saving up to £1.3 billion year (www.gov.uk).
Providing individuals with support to manage unpaid caring alongside their paid work, offers benefit to them, their families and their employer.
• Flexible working hours
• Access to a telephone
• Unpaid and paid leave
• Career breaks
• Car parking space at/near work
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
For more information visit: https://www.derbyshirecarers.co.uk/carers-in-employment or read the following resources: