Angus Carers’ ‘Business Breakfast’ initiative

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ANGUS and Dundee Carers Centres are holding a ‘Business Breakfast’ event for local employers as part of this year’s national Carers Week, from June 13 to 19.

Unpaid carers potentially account for one in eight of the workforce, and frequently struggle to balance their working and caring commitments. As a result, one in five carers have had to give up their career or turn down a job because of their caring responsibilities.

The breakfast will be on Monday, June 13, between 8 and 10am at the David Lloyd gym, Monifieth.

Local employers will be treated to a free cooked breakfast and will also receive information and advice as to how they can better support carers within the workplace through the introduction of flexible working policies and practices. They will also be able to access the Club’s facilities on the day.

Local employment law specialists Blackadders will be providing advice on the current legislation regarding flexible working, and there will also be presentations from a local employer and a local carer about their own experiences.

According to Mhairi Blyth, deputy manager of Angus Carers Centre: “It can be a constant battle for unpaid carers to juggle their working life and their caring role, resulting in increased stress and ongoing health problems both for the carer and the person they care for. Just by being aware of the issues, employers can help to make a positive difference in the way they support any of their employees who have a caring role”.

Each workplace can book two free places at this event. To reserve your place or for more information, please contact either Tim at Dundee Carers Centre on 01382 200422 (tim.mineard@dundeecarerscentre.org.uk) or Mhairi at Angus Carers Centre (mhairi@anguscarers.org.uk) on 01241 439157 by the end of May. You can also e-mail www.carersweek.org

r Angus Carers Centre is part of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers Network.

r A carer is someone who looks after a family, partners or friends in need of help because they cannot manage on their own because they are ill, frail or have a disability. The care they provide is unpaid.