• 1 in 9 working people are carers – here’s how you can support your employees

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    February 15, 2019
    Doncaster Council is proud to be working with Employers for Carers to help businesses in Doncaster support and keep hold of the carers in their workforces.
     
    Through the Council’s partnership with Employers for Carers, local businesses are now able to access practical resources, advice and information online to help support carers in their workplaces. The site includes case studies, legislation and model policies, good practice guides and toolkits and e-Learning and would be a particularly useful resource for anyone in an organisation who manages people and/or with HR and wellbeing responsibilities. 

    In Doncaster alone, there are over 33,000 carers, and this number is set to rise significantly. Within this figure there are well in excess of 15,000 working carers in Doncaster. With an ageing population and people living longer with ill health and disability, Carers UK research shows that nationally the number of carers is expected to rise by 50% and reach 9 million by 2037. 
    Many employees are juggling work with looking after someone who is older, ill or disabled and without the right support, 1 in 6 carers are forced to either give up work completely to care for others. There is evidence to show that the impact of staff turnover, absence and stress as a result of juggling work and caring could be costing UK businesses over £3.5 billion every year, so there are significant savings to be made by better supporting carers to manage work alongside caring. 

    Doncaster businesses can visit www.efcdigital.org and enter our unique access code #EFC1849 to register. Further information about how Doncaster Council supports carers can be found at www.yourlifedoncaster.co.uk  

    As part of the Council’s partnership with Employers for Carers, Doncaster carers are also able to access an online platform which has information and support on health and wellbeing, carers rights and working and caring, and access to Jointly (Carers UK’s care co-ordination app). This site can be accessed here: carersdigital.org using our unique access code: DGTL1849.
    The services offered through Employers for Carers are complimented by support already offered through Doncaster Carers Reach Out Service https://makingspace.co.uk/services/centres/doncaster-carers-reach-out provided by Making Space https://makingspace.co.uk/  
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