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Carer Friendly University: Sheffield Hallam University

02 June 2016

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How does Sheffield Hallam University support students with caring responsibilities?

Sheffield Hallam is a Carer Friendly University, supporting students with caring responsibilities from before they start through to graduation and beyond. Find out more: www.shu.ac.uk/carers

 

“It was nice to know you are not alone and that there are people in the University you can come to with any problem and they will try to help."

Student carer at Sheffield Hallam University

Carer Friendly Employer: Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition

01 June 2016

 

What does Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition do to support employees with caring responsibilities?

Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition has a Carers Policy in place to support employees who juggle work with caring responsibilities.

Nutricia encourages employees to discuss their caring responsibilities, and how they may impact on their work, with their Line Manager or HR.

Carer Friendly Community: Hertfordshire County Council Library Service

01 June 2016

Hertfordshire County Council Library Service - Tablet session

How does Hertfordshire County Council’s library service support carers?

Hertfordshire County Council’s library service works in partnership with Carers in Herts to give extra support for carers by running Coffee & Computers and Tea & Tablets sessions for Carers to develop their IT skills and share information about library services.

Carer Friendly Employer: Sainsbury’s

01 June 2016

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In 2011, Sainsbury’s became one of the first FTSE 100 companies to introduce a Carers Policy to support colleagues who juggle work with caring responsibilities.

Around 20,000 colleagues at Sainsbury’s have additional caring responsibilities.

 

Carer Friendly School: Millthorpe School, York

01 June 2016

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What steps has Millthorpe School taken to support young carers?

Millthorpe School is part of the Young Carers in Schools programme, which was set up by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society to identify and support young carers.

By using the available tools, they have tried to establish a culture in the school where everyone knows that it is okay to be a young carer and it is okay to let them know.

The school runs regular drop-in sessions for young carers and provide emotional support and help with homework. They also refer pupils who need additional support to a local carers’ centre which they have developed strong links with.

They have also ensured that the progress of all young carers can be monitored through their whole school system for tracking attainment and attendance. 

Carer Friendly Community: Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Gallery

01 June 2016

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 “It has been a great escape for me, and when I have been able to [come too,] a source of relaxation and pleasure. As far as I am concerned it has been amazing! [My wife] has not seemed to get so confused and often remembers parts of visits to the museum and people she meets there.”


Gentleman who cares for his wife who has dementia

Carers Week Research report 2015

09 March 2016

New research was launched during Carers Week 2015 which looked at how carer friendly a range of different community services were and the impact they had on carers’ lives as result of this. The research was based on responses from almost 5,000 carers from across the UK.

Overall, the research found that there was huge variation in the support received by carers in their local community across a range of different services, from their local GP through to shops on the high street. There were various impacts of services not being carer friendly – including damaging carers’ health and negatively impacting their ability to look after the person they care for.

Two-thirds (65%) of carers providing more substantial care to a friend or loved one said that one or more of their local services was not carer friendly. As a result:

  • 6 in 10 carers (61%) said this lack of support had a negative impact on their health
  • Two-thirds (65%) of carers said the experience of local services that fail to consider or support them made it more difficult to look after the person they care for.

Click the following link to download the full report:

Download Research report 2015

Welsh Deputy Minister for Health joins major charities to launch Carers Week campaign

01 March 2016

Today, six major charities in Wales launched Carers Week 2016 – a nationwide awareness campaign to improve public understanding about caring and the unique challenges carers face. Carers Week will run from 6-12 June.

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Vaughan Gething AM, Deputy Minister for Health in the Welsh Government, joined the Carers Week charities to call on individuals and organisations from across Wales to sign-up to the campaign and do what they can to support carers in their community.

370,000 people in the Wales currently care, unpaid, for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend. Research for Carers Week 2015 revealed that carers are experiencing huge variations in the level of support and recognition they get from their local community. As a result, this is putting their health and ability to look after the person they care for at serious risk.

With this in mind, Carers Week 2016 will continue to focus on helping individuals, services and businesses to build Carer Friendly Communities – places where local people and services support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that carers are individuals with needs of their own.

Vaughan Gething AM, Welsh Deputy Minister for Health said:  “Caring is characterised by selflessness, determination and resilience. But this can often be at the expense of a carer’s own aspirations, wellbeing and quality of life as they put the care and support they provide to their family, friends and neighbours before their own needs.

“In these challenging times we must all ensure carers are neither taken for granted nor forgotten. I want to send my best wishes to everyone involved in Carers Week 2016 and to all carers for the amazing work they do every day of the year.”

Carers Week 2016 is made possible by Carers Wales joining forces with Age Cymru, Carers Trust Wales, Macmillan Cancer Support, Motor Neurone Disease Association and MS Society Cymru.

There are lots of different ways to get involved in Carers Week:

Visit the Carers Week website www.carersweek.org and:

  • Recommend an organisation or service that is carer friendly
  • Invite organisations or services to take steps to become carer friendly
  • Commit to using our Carers Checklist to see how your organisation or service can become more carer friendly
  • Join the thousands of people and organisations who have pledged their support for Carers Week
  • Run an activity and add it to the Carers Week website

Follow Carers Week on Twitter  and use the hashtag #CarersWeek

Like Carers Week on Facebook  and join in with the discussions

Minister joins charities to urge communities to do what they can to support those looking after family and friends

25 February 2016

Today, seven major charities launched Carers Week 2016 – a nationwide awareness campaign to improve public understanding about caring and the unique challenges carers face. Carers Week will run from 6-12 June.

Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for Social Care and Community, joined the Carers Week charities to call on individuals and organisations from across the UK to sign-up to the campaign and do what they can to support carers in their community.

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6.5 million people in the UK currently care, unpaid, for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend. Research for Carers Week 2015 revealed that carers are experiencing huge variations in the level of support and recognition they get from their local community. As a result, this is putting their health and ability to look after the person they care for at serious risk.

With this in mind, Carers Week 2016 will continue to focus on helping individuals, services and businesses to build Carer Friendly Communities – places where local people and services support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that carers are individuals with needs of their own.

Carers Week 2016 is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Motor Neurone Disease Association and MS Society. (See below for photo caption).

Carers Week spokesperson said: "Carers Week is a fantastic way to celebrate the vital contribution carers make to our families, communities and wider society. We know that caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but without the right support at the right time, caring can also take a serious toll on a carer's health, relationships and finances.

"By shedding light on what it means to be a carer, we hope that everyone will be inspired to do what they can to make life that little bit easier for carers. Whoever you are, whatever you do, you can make a difference. Building Carer Friendly Communities won't happen overnight, but we can make them a reality – one brick at a time."

Minister for Community and Social Care, Alistair Burt said: “Carers Week is a great opportunity to recognise the invaluable contribution that carers make to society. After all, caring will touch each and every one of us at some point in our lives; whether we take on a caring role for a loved one or we need care ourselves.

“Through the Government’s new carers’ strategy, we want to ensure that carers are supported to care well for their loved ones and have a life of their own outside of caring. Individuals, organisations and communities can all work together to make this a reality. I would encourage everyone to sign-up to Carers Week and find out how they can help build Carer Friendly Communities.”

There are lots of different ways to get involved in Carers Week:

  • Recommend an organisation or service that is carer friendly
  • Invite organisations or services to take steps to become carer friendly
  • Commit to using our Carers Checklist to see how your organisation or service can become more carer friendly
  • Join the thousands of people and organisations who have pledged their support for Carers Week
  • Run an activity or event

Photo caption:

Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for Care and Support (centre), with the Carers Week charity partners, sponsors and supporting organisations.

From left to right:

  • Janet Morrison (Chief Executive, Independent Age)
  • Tim Fallowfield (Company Secretary and Operating Board Sponsor for Disability & Carers, Sainsbury's)
  • Hannah Pearce (Head of Public Affairs, Age UK)
  • Heléna Herklots (Chief Executive, Carers UK)
  • Dr Fran Woodward (Executive Director of Policy and Impact, Macmillan Cancer Support)
  • Laura Bennett (Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Carers Trust)
  • Michelle Mitchell (CEO, MS Society)
  • David McNally (Head of Patient Experience, NHS England)
  • Chris James (External Affairs Director, Motor Neurone Disease Association)
  • Kate Hall (External Affairs Manager, Nutricia)
  • Ray James (President, ADASS)
  • Cem Kucukcan (‎General Manager, UK & Ireland Nutricia / Danone CODI)

Carers Week 2018

These organisations joined together to make Carers Week happen in 2017

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  • independent age
  • macmillan
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  • MND logo
  • Which Elderly Care logo

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