November 25th is Carers Rights Day. An annual national awareness campaign organised by the charity Carers UK, recognising the 6.5 million carers in the UK. One day seems inadequate to highlight the vital role carers play in our society, especially in light of the global pandemic.
Caring against the backdrop of Covid
As part of our Covid operations planning, we reached out to our colleagues to understand their needs in these uncharted times. It quickly became evident that many of our colleagues had caring responsibilities, which they juggled with their daily lives and work.
Covid restrictions meant that more people worked from home. This often impacted on carers ability to support frail, elderly, mentally or physically compromised family members. Working from home also exacerbated feelings of isolation and impacted on carers own mental and physical health.
Supporting our colleagues who support others
We appreciate that balancing caring for loved ones with other home and work responsibilities can be challenging. We’re pleased to launch a new Carers Policy and wellbeing package to coincide with Carers Rights Day.
Our Carer Wellbeing Support Package comprises:
• A Carers Policy – to acknowledge, protect and support our carers
• A Carers Passport – removing the need for colleagues to repeatedly explain their situation and enabling managers to provide focused support
• Three days matched Carers Leave per annum – providing support when it is needed most
• Access to our Assistance and Wellness Programme – includes a UNUM helpline for free confidential support 24/7
Further support from Carers UK
We’d like to send a massive thanks to our colleagues and all the carers who provide vital support to their loved ones, and society as a whole. We appreciate you and salute your tireless efforts.
To learn more about your rights as a carer and to access free help and advice, please visit Carers UK.