Employing Carers was the subject of the March Breakfast

Three out of five people in Suffolk will become carers within the next 10 years and one in six carers is likely to have to choose between giving up work, or reducing their hours to cope with all their responsibilities.

These were among the stark facts revealed by Hannah Barton and Joanna Belfield, from Suffolk Family Carers, during their informative talk on “managing carers at work” at the Chamber’s March Breakfast.

The charity, which receives up to 14,000 calls a year on its helpline, has teams across Suffolk to help businesses identify, support and manage carers working for them. It also has Carer Champions based at local GP surgeries, schools and community centres across the county.

“Helping carers who work for you by offering them flexible hours to suit their caring responsibilities, for example, makes good business sense because it helps managers retain staff and save in recruitment costs,” said Hannah. 

It was becoming more important to know support staff in this way, because these days “unofficial” carers were often at the peak of their careers and Suffolk Family Carers could provide hands-on practical advice for companies and organisations, as well as respite days for careers, who ranged from 5 years old to 105, said Joanne.

Following this talk, the Chamber has become a Carers’ Champion and is arranging with the charity to run a mental health first aid course and a workshop for members who are carers, or employ careers at the Chamber Business Hub. Dates and details will be advertised on our website and in our newsletter soon. 

The Suffolk Family Carers Information Line is: 01473 835477

 

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