This service offers support to carers and employers, to help carers stay in work. It is a partnership project between Carers Support Centre with South Gloucestershire Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group. It is one of nine pilot sites in England trialing support for carers in paid employment.
We can help carers by:
- Explaining employment rights and options
- Helping to negotiate flexible working arrangements with employers, such as flexible start and finish times; reduced or annualised hours; term time working, job sharing and part time working; home working.
- Providing information, advice and signposting to help carers remain in employment and to support them with their caring role
- Offering a volunteer phone check-in service
We can help employers by:
- Helping identify carers in the workplace and developing ‘carer-friendly’ policies and working practices
- Providing training, information and advice so that employees feel better equipped in their caring role
- Helping set up staff carer networks and groups
- Setting up networking events, so good practice can be shared across organisations
Volunteer phone check-in service
Do you worry about the person you care for who’s at home when you’re at work? Do you phone them regularly to check they are OK and/or have had lunch or taken their medication?
If so, we might be able to help ease that worry and give you peace of mind. We a offer a ‘check-in’ service for the person you care for when you’re at work.
Our trained volunteers will make a telephone call to the person you care for, on a day and time requested by you, to check they are OK. This can be up to 3 calls per week, every week. The volunteer will then send you a text confirming they have spoken to the person at home. If the volunteer cannot make contact, or has any concerns following the phone call, they will ring you as a matter of priority.