At Crossroads Care Surrey, we understand just how challenging it can be for working carers to balance their paid work with a caring for a loved one.
Under normal circumstances unpaid carers have a raw deal. Across the UK, there are 7 million unpaid carers, saving the UK economy £132bn each year. Caring for a loved one starts with small acts of kindness and can evolve over time to regular round-the-clock support affecting both the physical and mental health of the carer if support for the unpaid carer is not available.
1 in every 7 people who work will also be caring. Right now, Covid-19 has exacerbated an already challenging environment for working carers. Childcare, home schooling and other added extra responsibilities, will undoubtedly affect more working carers now and in the future.
We know that nationally 600 working carers will leave employment every day because of the demands of their care role and lack of flexibility in the workplace. In a recent survey by Sheffield University, 1 in 4 working carers stated they would need to leave work if their care role increased without flexibility from their employer.
Have your say
We would love to hear from you if you are a working carer living/working in Surrey. We want to hear all about your experiences trying to balance work with a caring responsibility.
Right now, we know the situation for both working and parent carers has been compounded by Covid-19. We understand every working carer has a unique story, so we would appreciate if you could take out five minutes to complete our survey which will support us to help local employers better understand the needs of their caring workforce.
Working Carer Survey 2021
To take the Crossroads Care Surrey working carer survey:
TAKE THE SURVEY
Crossroads Care Surrey are now able to support employers in a number of ways including: help with implementation of carer friendly policy; training for line managers to better understand the needs of unpaid carers, and a membership offer which includes care hours for employees who require flexibility and time away from work to care for a loved one. If you are an employer and want to find out more – Employers Care