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Partnerships

Swindon Carers Centre is working together with local employers to make a difference. 

 

Why should employers support carers? 

Many carers are balancing their caring role with their job or need extra support to return to the workplace if they have lost employment due to their caring role.

Supporting carers can have many positives:

  • Retaining skilled and experienced employees.
  • Lowering staff turnover.
  • Improving service delivery and increased productivity.
  • Increasing employee resilience.
  • Reducing recruitment costs as talented employees are retained. 

Juggling responsibilities with work can be challenging and stressful for carers. Without employer support and understanding, carers can become exhausted and unwell themselves. This can be damaging to both the home and work environment.

How can employers help? 

There are many ways you can get involved to help make a difference. Please get in touch with us to discuss a personalised plan for you and your employees.

  • Raise awareness of what it means to be an unpaid carer within your workplace.
  • Get involved with Swindon Carers Centre to support your staff who are carers.
  • Become a Trustee of Swindon Carers Centre.
  • Sponsor Swindon Carers Centre events and activities.
  • Hold a learning workshop introducing Swindon Carers Centre and our charitable activities to your staff.
  • Join our Employer Forum.
  • Gain our Employers Care Award (more details below).
  • Promotion of your brand with SCC.
  • Organise donations for fundraising events and raffles.

The Employers Care Award

When you sign up to our Employers Care Award, you are demonstrating your commitment and desire to make lasting changes in your workplace for unpaid carers. Our Partnerships Manager will support you in completing each of the standards required to receive this award. In 2019, we were delighted to present Swindon NHS CCG and Swindon Borough Council with certificates for successful annual reviews of the award standards.

Our local partnerships

 

More information

If you would like more information on how we can work together to support your carers or just to find out more, please contact: 

Judy Evans, Partnerships Manager 

E: judy.evans@swindoncarers.org.uk 

DD: 01793 975319 

Further resources

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Supporting working carers: A guide for employers 

A guide commissioned and reviewed by Public Health England (PHE) and developed by Health@Work. Created to provide information to help organisations support those employees who
may have caring responsibilities for family or loved ones.

Citizens Advice Covid-19 report: An unequal crisis

Parents, carers, disabled people and those who previously shielded are at least twice as likely to face redundancy as the rest of the working population, according to research by Citizens Advice.

Caring behind closed doors: Six months on

An important report from Carers UK examining the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on unpaid carers (including the impact on working carers).

Carers UK: Let’s Talk About Flexible Working

How flexible working could help you, and how to start the conversation with your employer. 

Juggling work and unpaid care: A growing issue

Research from Carers UK shows that the number of those juggling work and care appears to be far higher than previously thought. This is one in seven of all workers, compared with the previous figures of one in nine workers. 

Working Families: National Work Life Week 2020

National Work Life Week is an annual campaign to get both employers and employees talking about wellbeing at work and work-life fit.

Prince’s Trust: Supporting Carers in the Workplace

This toolkit provides the knowledge and practical advice your business needs to support informal carers. It includes best practice support for carers from Aviva, a template ‘carers passport’ and other resources.

The CIPD: Supporting Working Carers

The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. The report presents detailed findings of the first UK study based on a representative sample of working carers.

A Greater Manchester Working Carer Toolkit: For Employers

A great resource with examples of how to support working carers, including a handy self-assessment tool with a tick list of suggestions to follow.