Organisers of a series of carers’ events in Lynn this week have urged businesses to do more for people who work while looking after ill or disabled relatives.
The plea has been made to coincide with Carers’ Week, which begins with an information day at the Hardwick Tesco store today, Monday, June 9, from 10am to 3pm, and which will see a host of other support sessions staged at venues across Lynn.
Officials from Norfolk’s Carers Agency Partnership say employers should develop plans to help people who are caring for loved ones and do more to make support services more widely known.
They say that more than a quarter of carers for people living with dementia are continuing to work and expect that figure to rise in the coming years.
Partnership manager Maggie Williams said: “We’re urging employers to be aware of carers in the workforce. Carers aren’t only women or older people - anyone in the workforce could be, or become a carer at any time.
“It makes absolute business sense to attract and retain skilled staff and so it is vital that local employers have a workplace strategy to assist working carers - and that they publicise it to their staff.
“We want employers to pledge to take some simple steps to make a big difference.”
Pledges of support will be published on an online pledge wall on the partnership’s website, www.carersagencypartnership.org.uk.
Events being held in Lynn to mark Carers’ Week include information days at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital today and on Friday, both between 10am and 3pm.
There is also a Quest fair at Thoresby College on Wednesday, also between 10am and 3pm.
And young carers aged between 16 and 24 will have the chance to have their say on the support services available to them during a forum session at the Lynn Arts Centre on Thursday, between 6 and 8pm.
Elsewhere, an information event will be held at First Focus in Fakenham on Thursday, between 10am and noon.