Caring roles shouldn’t be a barrier to employment

Posted on: 13 November 2015

Of the 84,000 plus people in Devon who provide care to a friend or relative, approximately 14,000 have given up their jobs or reduced their working hours to do so.

Devon agencies say that carers who want to work should be able to work, and that people’s caring roles shouldn’t be a barrier to them finding employment.

The Devon Carers Partnership, in collaboration with Devon Carers and Job Centre Plus, are holding a ‘Carers Into Employment’ event on Carers’ Rights Day, Friday 20 November 2015, at Exeter Football Club.

The Devon Carers Partnership includes Devon County Council, North East West Devon Clinical Commissioning Group and South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group.

The ticket-only event will provide carers with information and advice to help them find work, understand their employment rights and make them aware of support and training available to them.

There will also be information to help carers considering self-employment or setting up small businesses.

And there will be a range of employers, showcasing jobs that they currently have available.

Cllr Stuart Barker, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for carers support, says:

“Many carers may feel that their own situations prevent them finding meaningful employment because of the flexibility they need.

“We say that caring roles shouldn’t be a barrier to employment if they want it, and that there is support available to help them find employment and to help them understand the rights they have to a work/life balance that accommodates their caring responsibilities.”

Lee Tozer, Operational Partnership Manager for Jobcentre Plus said,

“This is a great opportunity for carers to discover the support that’s available for them. Staff from Jobcentre Plus and Devon Carers will be available at the event to offer advice and to help people move into employment.”

Sonia Barton, Carer Member of the Devon Carers Strategy Board, said:

“Some carers need a bit more help to get into or to stay in work, and to balance this with caring. I am delighted that the Devon Carers Partnership – Devon County Council and the NHS – recognise this and are working with the Department of Work and Pensions to help promote carers rights in relation to work.”

Tickets to the event are free. Places are limited though and booking is required, either online, http://devon.cc/carers, or by ringing Devon Carers on 08456 434435.

Replacement care and travel expenses can be arranged by ringing Devon Carers.

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