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Unpaid carers who are also in paid employment often miss out on vital support.

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Their work patterns can mean that they are not available to access support during normal working hours which can lead to:

  • anxiety in the workplace
  • difficulties in maintaining employment
  • increased staff turnover for the employer.

The Carer and Employment study 2009, produced by South and Vale Carers for Oxfordshire County Council, showed that the most effective way to support unpaid carers who are also in paid employment is through progressive outreach.  South and Vale Carers has piloted information sessions at a number of employers in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse to help more people who have caring responsibilities access the right support. Many carers would not have sought or received support otherwise.

South and Vale Carers, working with employers, can significantly help employees who are struggling to cope with work and care.  It can help boost their personal income by ensuring that the carer and/or the person they care for are receiving their full Benefit entitlement. This can often mean that the carer can then afford more flexible replacement care during working hours and have regular breaks from both care and work. It means that carers have someone to talk to who understands what they are going through and who can help them navigate the maze of services available, so that they access what is relevant to their needs as efficiently as possible.

if you would like additional information about our work and the support we provide or would like our charity to visit for an information session, please contact South and Vale Carers – 01235 838 554 or email: youngcarers@svcarers.org.uk

 

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Vale of White Horse District Council South Oxfordshire District Council

With thanks to all our funders including South Oxfordshire District Council