Someone in full or part-time employment, who also provides unpaid care for a friend or relation who couldn’t cope without their support.
According to ‘Employers for Carers’, national research indicates that 1 in 9 of the workforce will be caring for someone who is older, disabled or seriously ill. With Herefordshire’s aging demographic, the number of Carers who are also working is likely to increase significantly in the coming years.
A caring role on its own can be extremely demanding and exhausting.1 in 5 carers end up resigning from work as the challenges of managing work and caring become unsustainable.
A supportive employer can avoid this outcome.
• Use of HCS logo in recruitment i.e. – advertisements
• Carers noted on application forms with reference to HCS
• Induction programmes – Dedicated section on company policy towards carers and inclusion of HCS registration forms. HCS to attend if required.
• HCS information stand at regular intervals – e.g. staff restaurants
HCS would like to encourage registration and could feedback to organisations the numbers so performance progress can be recorded as plans are implemented.