Carers Rights Day – Friday 30th November 2018
To mark Carers Rights Day this year we are reminding carers of their statutory right to a Carers Assessment and encouraging them to tell employers about their situation. By the same token we aim to encourage employers to encourage their staff to identify themselves as carers so they can be supported appropriately.
1 in 9 in your workforce will be caring for someone who is older, disabled or seriously ill whilst juggling their daily work and other family commitments. By recognising the needs of carers, you can support colleagues with caring responsibilities to continue working in the future.
Each year Carers UK hold Carers Rights Day to bring organisations across the UK together to help carers in their local community know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to. This year it falls on Friday 30th November.
Carers Rights Day aims to:
- Make carers aware of their rights
- Let carers know where to get help and support
- Raise awareness of the needs of carers
Carers have a statutory right to a Carers Assessment. This gives them an opportunity to formally identify where they need support or services. Some will also qualify for a small personal budget from Southampton City Council (not means tested and unrelated to other statutory benefits). Through Carers in Southampton, local carers can access a Carers Assessment, tailored guidance, a website of resources and a Carers Card that provides identity and discounts. (We welcome new discount providers!) Carers in Southampton can be contacted via Phone 023 8058 2387 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can visit their Website: www.carersinsouthampton.co.uk
There are many ways that you get involved and support carers in your workforce:
- People may not identify themselves as carers. Use explanatory questions such as ‘Do you look after someone who can’t manage without your help?’ rather than ‘Are you a carer?’
- Put up posters in work (see attached), stock our leaflets (also attached), have an information desk on Carers Rights Day.
- Follow up on your activity by telling staff that it took place and who was involved. This will raise awareness among employees and managers who couldn’t attend.
Your Rights in Work factsheet – everything you need to know about your statutory rights in work. Download here: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/work-and-career/other-rights-at-work
Looking after someone guide – Carers UK guide for anyone caring for someone. Download here: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/get-resources/looking-after-someone
Upfront – Carers UK’s personalised online guide to caring. Download here: https://www.carersuk.org/upfront/