Employment and Job Club
Career and Personal Development Advice (Job Club)
Date: Every Wednesday, 9.30am - 12.30am
Venue: Hartlepool Carers Centre, 19a Lowthian Road
About this Service
Hartlepool Carers offers an employment project to assist carers wanting to find both full-time and part-time work.
Job Club (Wednesdays 9.30am - 12.30pm) is available to all registered members of Hartlepool Carers. Alongside linking up with Hartlepool Carers’ specialist recruitment support worker, visitors to our Job Club can link up with Hartlepool JCP lead on carers - Kath Tate, who can carry out ‘better off for work’ calculations etc.
Providing a bespoke and seamless service, we meet with carers at times to suit them, unpick skills and identify aspirations, prepare CV's and personal profiles, contact employers direct to 'sell' individual skills, work with carers to build confidence and develop work-related skills, (which can include arranging voluntary work and work trials). Once carers are in employment, we carry out regular reviews with carers and their employers to aid job retention, and continue to provide ongoing support to carers with their caring roles.
This service is available to any adult or young person who looks after a family member, friend, relative or neighbour, regardless of whether or not they are in receipt of Carers' Allowance'.
For further advice and information get in contact with Jan Hollis at Hartlepool Carers on 01429 283 095.
Working and Caring
You may be working when you start your caring role. It may be helpful to tell your employer about your situation. There are several things that you and your employer can do to help you combine your caring role with employment.
Talking to your employer
Caring for a disabled relative is often unpredictable and care arrangements can be complex, so you will need to talk to your employer about your concerns and commitments.
Think about how your employer could best help you and talk to them about your needs.
If you want to work, it is in your employer's best interest to consider making reasonable changes to your work pattern to help you work and continue caring.
Many employers offer help to carers. This could include:
- talking to a welfare officer or occupational health adviser who knows about carers
- in-house information and advice or counselling
- a subscription to a carers' organisation, or employee services
Flexible working arrangements
There are many different ways of working flexibly. You could work from home or have flexible starting or finishing times.
Other working arrangements might be:
- compressed working hours (where you work your normal number of hours in a shorter time - typically fitting five days working time into four days)
- working during school terms
- part-time working
- flexible holidays to fit in with alternative care arrangements
The Employment Act (2002) gives working parents of disabled children under 18 the right to request flexible working arrangements. You also have the legal right to ask your employer for flexible working if you are caring for an adult who is a relative or lives at the same address as you.
Special leave arrangements and time off in emergencies
Most carers know they can get emergency leave, but there are other leave arrangements that your employer might be able to offer. They include:
- compassionate leave
- borrowing or buying leave
- career breaks
If you have legal parental responsibility for a disabled child under 18, you may have the right to take up to 18 weeks unpaid parental leave.
A right to time off in emergencies
You are entitled to take a reasonable amount of time off if you have worked for your employer for at least a year and there is an emergency relating to the person you care for.
Emergencies could include:
- a breakdown in care arrangements
- the person you care for falls ill or has an accident - this can be emotional or physical pain
- your child is involved in an incident during school hours
- you need to make longer term care arrangements
- you need time off following the death of a dependant
If you need help in your caring role you can ask Hartlepool Carers' for a carer's assessment. This is to find out your needs and to identify any support or advice we can offer to you. The Carers' Assessment can also form a basis to work out how best you and your employers can arrange to allow you to continue in your work without it impacting on your caring responsibilities.
For further advice and information please see the relevant sections below, or get in contact with Hartlepool Carers on 01429 283 095