Employers for Carers Scheme
Caring is an issue which faces all of us. Changing demographics and an ageing population mean that 3 in 5 people will end up caring for someone at some point in their lives. The number of carers in the UK is set to grow from 6 million to 9 million in the next 30 years. This is an issue none of us can afford to ignore.
Suffolk Family Carers can help you support and retain your employees
- We have practical advice and support for employers seeking to develop carer friendly policies and practices.
- We have resources to promote the business benefits of supporting carers in the workplace.
- Our Advisers can provide advice and information to carers within your organisation to support them in their caring role.
- We can put family carers in touch will their local peer support group and organise respite activities so that they get a break from their caring role and an opportunity to socialize.
- We run a range of workshops and courses such as Caring with Confidence, Wellbeing for Me and The Autism and ADHD family carer course.
If you are an employer and what to find out more or arrange a meeting with us please contact us.
Family Carer Champions
Would you like to raise awareness of the valuable work that family carers undertake and reduce the number of isolated carers across Suffolk who do not have any support in place? Can you help us improve the lives of carers?
Carer Champions are a point of contact within their organisation or in their area of work, who help identify and support carers. They recognise family carers in wards, GP surgeries, pharmacies and in the workplace; and provide them with useful information, so that potential carers can access the help and support that they need.
Being a Champion is a voluntary commitment that is undertaken alongside your working role. There are three key activities that are associated with being a Carers Champion:
- Acting as key point of contact in your organisation for carers to speak to
- Promoting the giving out of carers packs (which includes helpful information for the carer as well as discounts for food and parking in hospitals) or any other literature
- Raising awareness of Suffolk Family Carers services and colleagues
What skills are needed?
- An understanding of the issues faced by family carers
- An understanding/ and or interest in mental wellbeing
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Good interpersonal skills – approachable, non-judgemental and a good listener
Availability and location
Due to the flexible and informal nature of Carers Champions, you may find yourself helping one carer for five minutes in a week, or even five in a day. You will talk to people in your workplace who you identify as being carers to get the support they need to live fuller lives. You may decide to be a Champion for six months or six years!
- Informal workbook run through session
- One day Carers Champion session
- Carers Champion support meetings
If you are interested in becoming a Family Carer Champion, please contact us and someone will get in touch with you. Alternatively, you can complete your pledge via our online pledge form and we will be in touch.
Carer friendly organisations
Please see below organisations who have already made the pledge to be carer friendly and have a Family Carer Champion.
- Essex and Suffolk Water
- Felixstowe Chamber of Commerce
- Matthew’s Church of England Primary School
- Sudbury Job Centre
- Suffolk Young People’s Health Project (4YP)
- The Environment Agency (Suffolk)
- The Rural Coffee Caravan