23rd November 2017Category: General
Each year Carers Rights Day is organised by national charity Carers UK. The aim of the day is to bring organisations together to help carers in their local community know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to. You can find out more about your rights as a carer on the Carers UK website - click here.
To help raise awareness locally we organised training for a group of staff at Sellafield to become Carers Champions.
Carers Champions act as a voice for carers in their work place community and help to promote awareness and understanding of the role of carers. Carers Champions let carers know that they are not alone and support them to make contact with our organisation.
Alan Rankin, Equality Diversity and Inclusion lead for Sellafield Ltd, said:
“We are delighted to be working with West Cumbria Carers. We are an inclusive organisation, and we have several employees who have caring responsibilities. We’re keen to ensure we engage with them and support them at all times.”
Managers at Sellafield fully understand that caring for a sick, disabled or frail loved one, friend or neighbour is not a 9-5 role. We know that factoring in paid employment alongside a caring role can quickly make life and work a real struggle.
Angela Longrigg, West Cumbria Carers Volunteer Co-ordinator says
‘We are delighted to be working with staff at Sellafield as part of Carers Rights Day. As the biggest employer in West Cumbria it is really important that they have joined our fight to raise the profile of working carers. We know that many of their staff will be struggling to juggle complicated working and caring roles. It is vital that they have access to the right support so that they can continue to care. We are really excited to be delivering this Carers Champion training session with staff and hope that many more will follow.’
If you would like to find out more about becoming a Carers Champion or arrange for training in your workplace email email@example.com or call 01900 821 976.
You can find a summary of your rights in the workplace as well as some interesting facts and figures about caring that you may not know by reading our recent Working & Caring Topic of the Week
If you need to talk to someone about your rights in the workplace or feel that you need more support and information to help you with juggling work and caring, we are here. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01900 821 976 and someone will get back to you as soon as they can.