Norfolk's carers need our support and practical help.
We want everyone to #ThinkCarers and make a pledge to support the thousands of people who are unpaid carers across the county.
It's estimated there are currently about 100,000 carers in Norfolk and by 2040 there will be another 38,000 - that increase is the equivalent of a town almost the size of King's Lynn.
Here are some other carer statistics:
We're looking to help Norfolk's employers become more carer friendly and this page offers information and advice to help you. You can download our information pack for employers and also take the carer-friendly pledge.
We launched the Norfolk Carers Charter in November 2018. It was written by carers for carers, and has three key strands – Carers in work, Carers in the community and Young Carers in education.
We want as many organisations in Norfolk to adopt this charter for our carers in work – with a specific focus on the following:
Employees can expect a workplace which:
We agree to:
Analysis from Age UK shows that an estimated £5.3bn a year is lost from the economy in earnings due to people leaving the workforce to take on caring responsibilities for older or disabled loved ones. Supporting carers to work makes good business sense.
Carers have unique skills gained through their caring roles; they are flexible, resourceful and resilient.
Carers don’t want to be a special case – they want understanding and support from employers which helps them do their job well and continue their caring responsibilities.
Here are just some of the benefits to having carer-friendly policies at your business:
(Source: HM Government/Employers for Carers in Employment Task and Finish Group ‘Supporting Working Carers: The Benefits to Families, Business and the Economy’)
Norfolk County Council is proud to be working with Employers for Carers (EFC) to help SMEs and health partners in Norfolk support and keep hold of the carers in their workforces.
Get practical resources, advice and information from EFC to help you look after staff who are juggling work alongside caring for someone.
Use our unique access code #EFC2382 to register.
You can make your carer-friendly status official by applying for the Carer Friendly Tick. This accreditation is organised by Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk.
The emphasis on local and relevant standards which carers feel are necessary to ensure they are easily identified and properly supported within employment.
To be carer friendly you should:
If your organisation would be interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, some members of staff may not identify themselves as carers, and most will only identify themselves where they feel supported to do so.
Here are some top tips from ADASS (the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) for supporting working carers:
You can download a leaflet on how to support working carers, which has been produced by ADASS.
The care of an ill, older or disabled loved one is often just a part of life for many people.
Those providing this care may not even identify as a carer, remaining unaware of what support is available to them both inside and outside of work.
By raising awareness of carers within your workplace, this may help your employees to identify themselves as carers and find out about support available to them and the person they care for.
Why not join in the conversation and let us know you're carer friendly? Tweet from your social media accounts to us @norfolkCC with the hashtag #ThinkCarers
You can also spread the word to other organisations who you think may be interested in joining up.
If you'd like to speak to someone for more information or help on how to ensure you're providing a carer-friendly environment to your employees, email email@example.com