Caring and Working
An increasing number of carers take on the role whilst also having a part-time or full-time job. Juggling the two things can be a challenge. The following websites offer a little bit about finding the balance, alongside a few tips for talking to employers about flexible working or taking time off when needed:
The link below is to a document which can be used to find out who to ask regarding taking time off work, or for how long appointments might take and therefore how many hours you may need to take away from work. Although it has been put together by Macmillan, and is directed towards carers of someone who has cancer, the content is applicable to carers of all conditions:
Carers’ rights at work
The following links are more focussed on Carers’ rights within employment
Keeping Carers in Mind
Carers in Sheffield offers a service called Keeping Carers in Mind, operated by Sheffield Mind. This is specifically focussed towards people who are working alongside caring, and to offer support in talking to employers, and managing a balance between a job and caring for a family member.
Working Carers Support Group
Carers in Sheffield also runs a a Working Carers support group, on Saturday mornings, with croissants for breakfast! This runs on the 3rd Saturday of each month. For future dates, please check the What’s On page of this website.
Support in finding work or training
Did you know Sheffield Futures can offer support and guidance in training and finding work, whatever age you are?
It may be that finding work, or an apprenticeship is the last thing on your mind and you’re focussed at the moment on your caring role. However, it may be that you’d quite like to know what is out there but circumstances have meant you haven’t had much guidance or support with where to look, or you’re unsure how to get experience. Perhaps you’ve worked in the past but had to give it up because of caring for someone at home and would now like to look into options again. Or perhaps, because of your caring role, you would only be able to do a few hours but would still value training in something – perhaps for later on.
Sheffield Futures offers a wide range of support to enable people of all ages to look into what job they might most enjoy doing, then they can help to identify the relevant training and support you into finding a suitable job. They are also able to offer advice and guidance such as helping you to write your CV and to support you to develop confidence in interviews.
Many of you, as carers, have a huge amount of skills which an employer would love – you may not realise you have them but simply by doing the role you do, you will have acquired them. Somewhere like Sheffield Futures can help you to develop these further, and help you to present them to an employer when applying for a job or training.
If its further education or an apprenticeship which you’re interested in instead, that’s also something which Sheffield Futures can offer advice and guidance with.
For further information, and to sign up to their regular e-bulletin (which contains job adverts and useful guidance/tips) please follow this link: http://www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/. You can also ‘drop-in’ to Sheffield Futures at Star House, 43 Division Street, S1 4GE.
If you’d find it useful to talk through how to balance education or work with your caring role, please contact the Carers Support and Information team (0114 272 8362) who will be happy to discuss this further and find the right balance for you.
Last revised: 30th April 2015