VOCAL – Supporting Employers, Supporting Carers
Caring is often a hidden issue in the workplace, making it difficult to talk about and support. One in five carers give up work because balancing caring and holding down a job becomes too much.
The public expenditure costs of carers unable to continue working has been estimated at £1.3 billion a year, and impacts employers, the wider economy and individuals. Employers are losing talented people they have invested in.
Supporting employees who are carers
Supporting carers to remain in work can unlock significant economic benefits. As well as reversing losses incurred, research has demonstrated that employers with policies and support in place see improved service delivery, cost savings and increased productivity.
Many carers can continue to work with the right support and awareness from colleagues and their employer. Employers across Scotland are recognising that small changes can make a big difference.
VOCAL work in partnership with employers across all sectors including; higher education, financial, public service and hospitality, supporting their ambitions to upskill managers and become a carer friendly workplace.
What we offer
As a leading expert in the health and social care sector, we collaborate with employers to create carer friendly workplaces. We can support you in raising awareness, leading team discussions, building carer networks, also reviewing and developing internal policies. Employers can also access downloadable resources for line managers and staff.
Tim Davison, NHS Lothian Chief Executive explains in this short video how supporting employees who are also unpaid carers can benefit everyone.
Contact Hayley Burton, Partnerships Development Officer by calling 0131 622 6666 or complete this enquiry form.
You can in turn support VOCAL as a Corporate Partner. Download our Partnership Wellbeing Calendar (below) raising awareness of unpaid carers with fundraising opportunities, as well as find out more about volunteering with VOCAL.