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Employees who are carers

We appreciate that many of our employees have duties outside of their working hours, and that some of you provide unpaid care for a family member or friend.

Many of you may not recognise yourself as a carer, but you'll be a carer if you provide support to someone because of:

  • an illness
  • a disability
  • a mental health problem
  • an addiction.

Carers can be any age. They are parents, grandparents, children, partners, friends or neighbours doing what needs to be done to maintain the quality of life for someone close to them.

Support we offer you

We understand how difficult it can be to combine caring for someone with full-time or part-time employment. Here is some support we have put in place to help you:

Carers employee network

From Thursday 28 April, you'll be able to take part in our carers employee network. This is a staff-only support group who'll meet on the last Thursday of each month, 12noon - 1pm. The network provides a great opportunity for you to:

  • discuss your experiences with others
  • share useful techniques you've discovered while caring for your loved one.

How to join

If you would like to join the carers employee network, please email the carers team.

Please note: if you have already expressed an interest in attending our carers support meetings, we'll be in touch soon with your invite.

Carer training

Our free eLearning course is designed for staff members who:

  • provide care for a loved one
  • have a friend, family member or colleague who is a carer.

The course will:

  • help you to recognise the signs of a 'hidden' carer
  • give you an insight into the impact that caring can have on the carer
  • make you aware of the support available to carers and how to access it
  • explain how you can help to support someone in a caring role.

Visit the course finder to find out more and book online

Carers UK Digital Resource

We've worked with the Your Life, Your Way team in adult social care to provide you with access to the Carers UK Digital Resource.

This is a website with a wealth of support, advice and free resources to help you in your caring role.

You can find out more about the Carers UK Digital Resource and how to access it on the Your Life, Your Way website.

Support available to all carers in the East Riding

Our carer's support service offers a range of support for carers who live in the East Riding. You can find out about the services we offer on the Your Life, Your Way website, these include:

  • Accessing support for carers - learn how to access a range of support services available to you as an adult carer, both in your local community and provided by, or on behalf of the council.
  • Breaks for carers - find out why taking a break from your caring role is important and how to arrange this
  • Staying fit and healthy - learn about the services available to you to help your body and mind stay fit and healthy while you are caring for someone.
Contact the carer's support service

If you'd like to talk to someone about your needs as a carer, or ask for some help with your caring role, you can:

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What we know about our staff who are working carers

At the beginning of 2022 we held a survey to find out how many members of staff we have with caring duties and the types of care they provide.

Working carers responsibilities

We found that your responsibilities are wide ranging and include support with:

Personal care

This includes:

  • washing
  • dressing
  • managing medication.
Physical help

This includes:

  • support with walking
  • getting your loved one up and down stairs
  • transport to appointments or social venues.
Practical help

This includes:

  • shopping
  • doing the housework
  • booking appointments
  • managing paperwork
  • bill payments.

What our working carers say

Listen to what some of our staff working carers say about how their caring responsibilities affect their health and wellbeing.

The voices used in the video are actors to protect the identities of our staff.

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