Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. This year it takes place 10th – 16th June.
Our Working Potential programme aims to collect as much information as possible about the best way to support people over 50 who are currently carers to explore job opportunities in preparation for returning to work. We are working with employers to understand the barriers they face recruiting and retaining carers in the workplace and to identify best practice. Bolton at Home, Making Space and Upturn Enterprise are delivering Working Potential in Bolton, Wigan and Salford respectively. Click here for more information.
Resources for employers
The Ambition for Ageing website houses guidance and resources for employers to become more carer-friendly. Working carers are a growing trend – with today’s ageing population and people set to live longer than ever, increasing numbers of employees are trying to balance work commitments with caring. Carers are being driven from the workplace prematurely because a manageable work/life balance is just too hard to achieve. It is vital that employers support carers in their workplace to manage their responsibilities. Click here to visit the page.
Briefing for VCSE organisations
Produced by Ambition for Ageing earlier this year, this briefing provides practical information for use by Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations on how to support older carers as employees or potential employees, and encourages the implementation of some quick and cost-effective solutions. We believe that ensuring recruitment is flexible and inclusive demonstrates VCSE principles in action. Click here to visit our resources page to download the report.
Case study: Angela
Angela was forced to give up her job to care for her mother. Since joining the Working Potential programme, she has returned to work as a part time home service assistant. Working Potential helped Angela to overcome her fears that she had become de-skilled. She was able to develop her CV and seek out e-learning which she was able to undertake whilst continuing to care for her mother. Click here to read the full story online.
For more information visit https://www.ambitionforageing.org.uk/