Employers for Carers is delighted to announce the introduction of our Employers for Carers Wales Hub, which has launched during Carers Week.
Backed by Welsh Government, the Wales Hub of Employers for Carers will deliver hands-on advice to employers on how to support the 180,000+ working carers in Wales, many of whom struggle to combine work with caring for friends or family members who are ill, frail or have a disability.
The launch in Cardiff was hosted by Carers Wales and Centrica, and was attended by Huw Irranca-Davies, Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care, who is pictured below with the EfC Wales team.
Claire Morgan, Director of Carers Wales says:
We know that carers are incredibly reliable employees and how valued they are; we also recognise there are simple and effective practices that when implemented can bring significant benefits to both employer and employee. The reality is that the number of staff with caring responsibilities outside the workplace will grow rapidly over the coming years. Being prepared for such demands will ensure continuity and there is evidence to support that significant business benefits can also be appreciated.
Huw Irranca-Davies, Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care says:
We are delighted to fund such a great initiative. The Wales Hub of Employers for Carers will facilitate access to expert guidance and legal advice on setting up carer-friendly employment policies and will facilitate the exchange of best practice so organisations may learn from each other. I would encourage all organisations, big or small, public, private or third sector to consider membership. Employers must act now to address the challenges being faced by their workforce. The alternative is to risk a future that is unsustainable, both for society and economically.
Nick Speed from Centrica says:
Centrica has been member of Employers for Carers for more than 10 years and we are an integral part of its leadership group. Adopting carer friendly policies and practices quite simply makes good business sense; having access to expert support through this new dedicated Hub in Wales will prove invaluable to our employees and their managers and Centrica is proud to be part of this.