Carer Positive Award

Part of our Outreach Carer Support Workers role, is to promote the Award to Inverclyde employers and work with them to identify & support hidden Carers who they employ. Through this work, The Trust in Inverclyde made the decision to work towards gaining the Carer Positive Award and they were successful, being presented with their Award in June of this year.

I organised an employer event this year at The Beacon, to promote the Carer Positive Award with local employers.  Twelve local employers were represented at the event and they all committed to becoming Carer friendly workplaces. 

Paula, Outreach Carer Support Worker, is currently working with Cloch Housing Association who are keen to gain the award.  She will be holding a pop up surgery for their employees this month and providing information for Cloch Housing on Carer awareness, support and services.

It is important to mention that even if your employer does not have the Carer Positive Award, you still have legal rights as a working Carer. All employees have a right to request flexible working after they have worked for the same employer for 26 weeks. Employers can only refuse requests for certain specified reasons. Examples of flexible working include: home working, part-time working, term-time working, flexitime, working compressed hours and job sharing. All employees have the right to take a reasonable amount of time off work to deal with an emergency or an unforeseen matter involving a dependent. The time off is unpaid unless your employer is willing to give paid time off as a contractual right.