Carers Trust Cambridgeshire has launched their Carers at Work scheme. This aims to reduce stress and sick leave for family carers who juggle their caring responsibilities while holding down a job.
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The UK has more than three million working family carers, which equates to one in nine of the workforce who can become exhausted and burnt out from their dual responsibilities.
Good business sense
Tracy Hyland who is leading the project, said:
“There is no doubt it makes good business sense to support family carers at work. If an experienced carer leaves their job because they are unable to cope with both responsibilities, this can be disruptive for the employer who is faced with the expense and inconvenience of recruiting and retraining new staff.
She added: “By going into the workplace, we can also help employers identify staff who may not identify themselves as carers as they regard this as part of their normal life – and even the boss can be a carer and need support.”
Carers working in the UK
Figures from Carers UK show that more than one in five UK adults have seen their work negatively impacted as a result of caring, including 2.3 million who have quit work and almost three million who have reduced working hours.
If you would like to find out more, get in touch with Tracy Hyland, on 01480 499090 or e-mail: email@example.com.
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