Previous events

The Spring EfC networking event took place virtually on 21 April 2021 and it was wonderful to see so many new and familiar faces on screen! The theme of the event was ‘Identification and Self-Identification: Recognising and acknowledging carers in the workplace’, and we were pleased to hear a lot of thoughtful discussion and sharing of best practice around the subject. The event was opened and chaired by Nick Baird, who has served as Chair of Carers UK since October 2020. The landscape for caring has changed fundamentally over the course of the pandemic, with research showing that many more…
Following on from a discussion from the last members networking event in November, we hosted a splinter session for employers with a significant number of front-line staff for whom flexibility can be a challenge. It was wonderful to see a range of faces from different organisations and sectors, including emergency services, retail, local authorities and government departments. The session was designed to give a platform to those who are directly experiencing the challenges and creating the solutions, so the floor was quickly handed to Michael Price and Janice Ratter from Royal Mail to provide some context for how and why…
Following on from the success of our national virtual workshop in September, we held six regional roll-out sessions over the course of October and November for: London and South East; South West; Midlands; Yorkshire and Humber; North West; and East and North East. Each session was kicked off with a spotlight on the newest and most relevant resources available to members. We were keen to highlight MyBackUp and Carer Aware, both of which are really helpful resources for carers, especially during this period of enforced isolation for so many. An interactive discussion was then facilitated to give members and non-members…
It was great to see so many familiar and new faces (albeit on screen) at our first ever virtual EfC Member Networking Event on 4 November. In response to the continuing coronavirus outbreak, the title of the event was ‘Supporting Working Carers in COVID-19’. The event was opened and chaired by Ian Peters, outgoing Chair of EfC. He noted the very different look and feel of the session due to the shift to virtual, and flagged particularly the opportunities afforded by this change, namely that attendance was opened up to everyone without travel restrictions applying. The exceptional EfC membership retention…
In September, Employers for Carers hosted a virtual roll-out workshop designed to help local authorities get the most from their current Carers UK services: the Digital Resource for Carers and/or Employers for Carers membership. The event included a guided tour of both platforms and in-depth update on the latest e-learning resources available. The team provided hints and tips on how to successfully roll out membership within each local authority area, with a focus on remote communication during a pandemic. Our colleagues from EfC member organisation’s Lincolnshire County Council, Devon County Council and Surrey Heartlands ICS kindly provided case studies detailing…
In February, Norton Rose Fulbright hosted the first of our corporate EfC roll out sessions for our London-based members. The purpose of the event was to give our clients an opportunity to discuss challenges, successes, and advice on supporting carers in the workplace and how to make more of their EfC (and Digital Resource for Carers) memberships with us. There was a presentation from the Carers UK Business Development and Innovation team on the Employers for Carers membership, best practice for rolling out the member resources, the Digital Resource for Carers, and the Carer Confident benchmarking scheme. After the presentation,…
Our well attended EfC Member Networking Event on the 16th October, hosted by DWF LLP, focussed on sharing latest learning from dedicated carers groups and wider staff networks and how ‘Interaction gets Traction’. The event was opened by Sarah Charlesworth, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at DWF LLP. Sarah reminded us all of the importance of workplace networks and information sessions and said that she is passionate to learn refreshing ways to do more for her working carers network at DWF. Ian Peters, Chair of EfC, welcomed all and was delighted to report that since our last event in June, many…
Our EfC Members Networking Event on 20th June, hosted by Barclays in Canary Wharf, focussed on ‘Getting Carers Connected’, the theme of Carers Week 2019. This well attended event celebrated our busiest Carers Week yet with over 1,000 events in total including many workplace sessions hosted by EfC members. The event was opened by Siobhán Healey, Content Manager, Global Diversity and Inclusion at Barclays. Siobhán spoke passionately about their successful Carers Week and how members candidly shared their personal stories and the importance of ‘having information at the right time to make a difference for carers. There has been a…