Is your company interested in having a Carer Champion in their workplace?
This event is a free Carer Champion Workshop, run by West Cumbria Carers
To book a place or for further information, please contact Angela Longrigg, West Cumbria Carers (tel: 01900 821976) or Elizabeth Atkinson, KAEFER (tel: 01946 556460).
About this workshop and scheme
West Cumbria Carers has funding to provide business2business support for organisations to help them manage working carers in their workforce. LynchPin Support is helping publicise this fully funded offer as supporting working carers well is a fantastic way for any business to generate social value while maximising opportunities to retain good staff. Current research suggests that at any one time 10% of a company's workforce will be caring for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without their support. We also know that many carers really struggle to juggle their job with growing caring responsibilities and that means that without the right management practice and support as many as 20% will leave their job and even more will reduce their working hours.
West Cumbria Carers are already working with local businesses including Iggesund, KAEFER and Sellafield Ltd. There is already positive feedback from these participating companies:
Val Warren - Human Resources Officer, Iggesund Paperboard (Workington) Ltd says:
"We are working with West Cumbria Carers because we want to support our workforce and be known as a responsible and supportive employer. It makes good business sense, possibly reducing staff turnover, lowering recruitment costs and attracting and retaining mature skilled and experienced staff. In addition we hope that by supporting working carers in our workforce we can reduce absence rates and improve our productivity."
Alan Rankin, Equality Diversity and Inclusion, Sellafield Ltd says:
“We are delighted to be working with West Cumbria Carers. We are an inclusive organisation, and we have many employees who balance caring responsibilities with work. We’re keen to ensure they feel supported.”
Elizabeth Atkinson, Social Impact Manager, KAEFER Ltd says:
“Why would any company not take up this offer of free training and support from West Cumbria Carers? The training is delivered in a 2 hour session by West Cumbria Carers in a friendly and informative manner. Our staff are our most important asset and we want to be able to support them. By having a carer champion within their company, staff can access the support and help they require to balance their work and caring responsibilities.”
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