Caring

The Director of Public Health Report this year concentrates on a vital area to Wakefield district - that of how we value and support working carers. A working carer could be the person at the desk next to you, your manager or the colleague you eat your lunch with every day. They may not even think of themselves as a carer but if they look after someone who can’t cope without their support – then they are.

One of our key outcomes in Wakefield district is that people have a ‘good life’ and this is particularly important for our unpaid working carers. They are the people juggling looking after their loved ones whilst holding down a job and as a society we are dependent on them for both. This report is aimed at working carers and employers. It describes some simple steps that employers can make to make your staff’s lives better and enable them to continue in employment at the same time as providing unpaid care.

 

Support Available for Carers in Wakefield

Free Support Available for Employers in Wakefield

Wakefield Council have purchased the Employers for Carers online resource from Carers UK to help businesses in Wakefield to understand what they can do to support working carers. The resources include useful guides, e-learning for managers and staff, best practice examples, sample policies, case studies.


The resources can be accessed for free at www.efcdigital.org

Use membership code #EFC2344 to create an account

Recommendations - How can Employers Support Working Carers

Recommendations for ways that employers can support carers in the workplace:

1. Find out which of your employees are working carers.
2. Identify leaders for working carers within your organisation.
3. Develop and/or review your workplace support and policies.
4. Ensure that support is in place and is clearly communicated to all staff.
5. Equip your mangers with skills to support working carers and make sure they do.
6. Create opportunities for working carers to support one another.
7. Ensure job opportunities and promotions are flexible, and support applications from working carers.
8. Monitor, evaluate and review your approaches to supporting working carers.
9. Communicate clearly that you are a working carer friendly employer and what additional support you offer.
10. Sign up to the free Employers for Carers resources.


The resources can be accessed for free at www.efcdigital.org

Use membership code #EFC2344 to create an account

Digital Resource for Carers - Access to Free Online Information

An online resource which has been developed by Carers UK is now available for free in the Wakefield district. It offers valuable, up to date information for Carers to support them in their caring role including a free care coordination app, e-learning and much more. All products and resources are free to access at www.carersdigital.org using code DGTL7298.

The resources can be accessed for free at www.efcdigital.org

Use membership code #EFC2344 to create an account

Age UK

Offering service users and their carers information, advice and guidance, advocacy services, bereavement advice and support, befriending, insurance services, shopping services, access to support groups and home support services.

More information

Tel: 01977 552114

Wakefield Alzheimer's Society

Offering 1:1 support for people with dementia, their carers & family members; access to information, advice, and signposting; information workshops; access to a volunteer to help with accessing hobbies/activities; support groups and social events.

More information

Tel: 01924 373264

Barnardos Wesail

Offering free, impartial information and advice and support to carers of children and young people who have, or may have special educational needs or disability.

More information

Tel: 01924 304152

Live Well Wakefield

Offering support to adults in the district who are in need of information, advice and support with coping with everyday life, reducing isolation, support in managing long term conditions (for carers and the cared for), access to social opportunities.

More information

Tel: 01924 255363

Primary Care

Wakefield Council is working with NHS England, and has provided funding to Wakefield and District Carers to work with General Practice and Primary Care Homes to embed the newly developed (CQC) Quality Markers for Carers, ensuring that carers are identified and supported within their local practice, and signposted to community and specialist support where necessary.

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Wakefield Council is working with Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust and Wakefield and District Carers to offer a new Hospital based carer support service. Carer Support Workers will work with colleagues to identify and support carers whilst the person they care for is in hospital, offering information and advice, preparing them to be able to continue caring once the person is discharged. The trust have developed ‘Family, Friends and Carers Charter’ and are creating carer friendly spaces in hospital.

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Mid Yorkshire Hospitals

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Hospitals

Wakefield Council is working with Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust and Wakefield and District Carers to offer a new Hospital based carer support service. Carer Support Workers will work with colleagues to identify and support carers whilst the person they care for is in hospital, offering information and advice, preparing them to be able to continue caring once the person is discharged. The trust have developed ‘Family, Friends and Carers Charter’ and are creating carer friendly spaces in hospital.


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Mid Yorkshire Hospitals

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

All hospitals in the district are signed up to John’s Campaign allowing people who care for someone living with dementia to be able to stay with them when they are in hospital.

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Young Carers

Wakefield Council has dedicated Young Carers Champions based in the Children’s First Hubs.
The Youth Work Team offer a young carers support group for over 11’s.

WY&H partnership has awarded funding to Young Lives, and Wakefield CCG has funded a worker to work alongside the Children First Hubs and the Youth Work Team to help schools to identify and support young carers. A pathway has been developed to strengthen this area of work.


More information

https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/schools-and-children/early-help/young-carers

http://wfyouth.co.uk/recognising-a-young-carer-accessing-support/

Any professional undertaking early help work with young carers and their families can record interventions on the Early Help Register.

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Any professional undertaking early help work with young carers and their families can record interventions on the Early Help Register.

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Personalised Care

Wakefield and District Carers are delivering an expert patient programme for carers. The ‘Caring for Me and You’ course will support carers who are caring for people with mental health conditions, and will support carers to manage their own health and wellbeing. 

More information

Tel: 01924 305544

Other Initiatives to Support Carers

Wakefield Council have funded four Community Anchors in Wakefield to offer bespoke learning for Carers to enable them to use digital technology to support them in their caring role and to have a life outside of caring. (St Georges Community Centre, Eastmoor Community Project, Kinsley and Fitzwilliam Resource Centre and Standbridge Centre.

More information

St George's Community Centre

Tel: 01924 369631

Kinsley and Fitzwilliam Resource Centre

Tel: 01977 610931
The Standbridge Centre

Tel: 07495 738522

Contact us

Public Health

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Wakefield
WF1 2EB

0345 8 506 506