Carer friendly employers

There are currently approximately 5 million people in the UK who are juggling caring responsibilities with work – that’s 1 in 7 of the workforce.

Across the UK approximately 600 working carers give up work each day to care full time.

www.carersuk.org/news-and-campaigns/press-releases/facts-and-figures

By engaging with employers we aim to reduce the number of people giving up work each day across Devon by building a positive and inclusive workplace for staff who are, or will become, unpaid carers.

 

What are the benefits of becoming carer friendly?

For employers

  • Attracting and retaining staff.
  • Reducing stress, sick leave and absenteeism.
  • Reducing recruitment and training costs.
  • Increasing resilience and productivity.
  • Improving service delivery.
  • Producing cost savings.
  • Improving people management, staff morale and loyalty.
  • More effective team working.

For working carers

  • Financial stability and independence.
  • Social interaction.
  • Reduced levels of stress and exhaustion.
  • Improved sense of wellbeing.
  • Supported and valued by their employer and colleagues.
  • More confident to discuss their caring role with others.
  • More able to continue with dual role of caring and working.

In joining Carer Friendly
Devon | Employers, you will receive:

  • Training: for organisations on how to support both staff and customers who are carers. We offer a variety of training awareness packages to suit the size or needs of your organisation including online and tailored face to face sessions.
  • Recognition: we can provide you with branded promotional materials and inclusion on our website.
  • Employers’ Pack: including poster to display in staff areas; certificate; Employers’ Guide, Employees’ Guide, top tips; resources and information to enable your carers to register with Devon Carers.
  • Support: ongoing contact with Devon Carers to assist you to remain carer friendly. You will receive e-bulletins and our helpline is available from 8am to 6pm Mon to Fri, and 9am to 1pm Sat.
  • Opportunities: to share ideas and resources with other like-minded employers.
  • Access: to the specialist services Devon Carers offer, including free Carers’ Assessments carried out in your workplace.
  • Commitment: We commit to helping you consider how you can support carers in your community by offering ongoing help, training and engagement.