Support for employers

Carers Leeds work across the city to ensure that working carers issues are highlighted in businesses, the third sector and statutory organisations. To facilitate this we:

  • Offer free training to help employers to understand and identify working carers;
  • Work with employers to improve support for working carers in a way that works for their business;
  • Demonstrate the benefits of employing and supporting working carers; and
  • Raise awareness of working carers through external communications.

Leeds Employers Forum

The Leeds employers forum was established in 2016 and has proved to be a successful way for employers to work together and share best practice to retain staff and provide support for employees balancing work with unpaid care. More information about the forum is detailed below.

The following resources were developed by the forum under the guidance and expertise of Carers Leeds.

This guide gives an overview of who working carers are, the issues they face, the benefits they bring and come simple ways employers can support them. Download your copy here.

We provide a self-assessment for employers which aims to show where you stand as an employer regarding your support of working carers. This can be completed online here. If you’d prefer, we can work together and complete this with you.

Following the self-assessment, we will work with you to develop an action plan.

Carers Leeds is an experienced training provider and offers in house training for managers and team members. This will be bespoke according to the needs of the organisation, but typically would cover the following:

  • Who are working carers
  • What are the issues for working carers
  • Why is it important for employers to support working carers including business, ethical and legal reasons
  • What should we do as employers to support working carers
  • What are the sources of help available to managers and employers

If employers wish to use this service please notify us at least 6 weeks in advance so that we can tailor the material.

Contact us here to request this service.

Carers Leeds is an experienced training provider and offers in house training for managers and team members. This will be bespoke according to the needs of the organisation, but typically would cover the following:

  • Who are working carers
  • What are the issues for working carers
  • Training and information on specific carers topics such as dementia carer training

Contact us here to request this service.

Carers Leeds staff are available to attend your internal events. We can provide information displays, stands or deliver presentations.

Contact us here to request this service.

We offer the services of an experienced Carer Support Worker to provide 1-2-1 advice and information in your workplace for your working. We can help with:

  • Information about benefits, specialist transport and carers breaks and respite
  • Access to carers assessments, Social Care services and carer support groups
  • Advice around health and wellbeing and emotional support

Each session is around 45 minutes and can be continued over a number of sessions if needed. The content of the sessions is confidential between the Carer Support Worker and the working carer.

The support is for the individual carer and it is not intended that Carers Leeds workers should be a bridge or coordinator between the working carer and their manager or the HR team. The overall impact of the sessions will be shared with the employer.

Contact us here to request this service.

This is a group of employers from across Leeds covering all sectors and sizes, with a common interest of supporting working carers. The purpose of the forum is to:

  • Exchange best practice and learn from each other
  • Work through challenges collectively
  • Try out new ideas and innovations in a safe environment

Current members of the forum are: British Gas, CIPD West Yorkshire, Clarion Solicitors, DWF LLP, DWP, Direct Line Group, Forum Central, Hainsworth, HMRC, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City Council, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Leeds University, NHS England (Leeds), NHS Trust, Sainsbury, Skills for Care, St Gemma’s Hospice, West Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Bank.

Contact us here to find out more about joining the forum.

If you are a member of the forum, you can access the private forum page here.

Our toolkit features core information and links to a range of useful reference material. We aim to populate the toolkit with as much employer led material as possible, thus ensuring that the toolkit is practical and realistic. Members of the Working Carer Employers Forum contribute to this and we will regularly update the information to keep it relevant.

Currently the following resources are available:

All working carers have access to the full range of information from Carers Leeds, including the bi monthly newsletter and top tips for carers. We can provide these resources electronically or on paper.

All working carers in the Leeds are eligible to access Carers UK digital resources for free online support. Carers also have free access to a digital app ‘Jointly’. Developed by Carers UK, Jointly is a mobile and online app that is designed by carers for carers.

Contact us here to find out more.