On Friday 30th November to coincide with Carers Rights Day, Greater Manchester launched a Working Carer Toolkit for Employers. The toolkit is a best practice guide to help all Greater Manchester employers support their working carers.
Three in five people will become a carer at some point in their life time. Employers have an important role to play in supporting their workforce balance work with their caring responsibilities. Evidence shows us it is good for business too; reducing sickness and turnover, and improving staff experience.
The toolkit has been developed by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, the body that oversees the area’s £6bn devolved health and social care budget, with the support of public sector and carer organisations, for the benefit of all working carers in Greater Manchester.
Carers have been at the heart of the development of this toolkit, as over 400 local carers have shared their experience and shaped the toolkit.
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.
A ‘working carer’ is someone who does all of this, and is also in full or part time paid employment.
It is estimated that there are over 140,000 working carers in Greater Manchester alone.
Greater Manchester is encouraging all employers to use the toolkit to help their workforce balance work with their caring responsibilities.
The toolkit can be accessed here: www.gmhsc.org.uk/resources/.