Update September 2021: Our Head Office in Hanley is starting to re-open, with Covid-19 safety precautions in place for the protection of our staff and our clients. We are currently seeing children & young people face-to-face and hope to start to open to our adult clients in the next few weeks. Our Dove Buddies groups are starting back up in several locations, please call our office or check our Facebook page for more information.

Supporting Employers with Carers in the Workplace

WE HAVE A DEDICATED CARERS TEAM WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH STOKE-ON-TRENT CITY COUNCIL AND STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL.

THE DOVE CARERS IN EMPLOYMENT PROJECT

We have a dedicated Carers Team working in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire County Council.

The Dove Carers in Employment project offers FREE support to individual businesses tailored to meet the specific work place demands and needs of both the organisation and employees. We understand that different businesses adopt various approaches, therefore, we do our upmost to tailor our training to complement your business structure and workforce needs.

Common workshop themes:

  • Identifying hidden carers
  • Supporting mental health in the workplace.

Potential Training packages could include:

  • Flexible working options
  • Behaviours to be aware of
  • Supportive solutions

We can offer business park events to work with all employers on one site.

If you would like to know more or refer yourself for support please contact the Dove Cares team on 01782 683 155 or email [email protected]

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AN INNOVATIVE SERVICE FOR EMPLOYERS

Did you know that by becoming a member of the Stoke-on-Trent Council’s EFC (Employers for Carers) you will get:

  • Legal Information
  • Access to online specialist resources
  • ‘Hands on’ advice and help
  • Invitations to Member Events
  • Connecting with other Employers / Peer Support

The Dove Service are working as a partner organisation and are offering 30 FREE memberships for small to medium size employers (no more then 250 employees). For more information about this please contact [email protected] or ring us at our Head Office on 01782 683155

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As an employer you will be all too familiar with the need to retain skilled experienced staff to remain competitive. But for the 1 in 9 in your workforce who are caring for someone who is older, disabled or seriously ill, juggling paid work and caring can present real problems. How would you prioritise between an urgent call from a client and an urgent call from your elderly parent who has dementia? or to attend to your disabled child? or your partner who has Multiple Sclerosis?

Given the stresses and strains that can result from balancing multiple responsibilities inside and outside the workplace, it is unsurprising that 1 in 6 carers give up work or reduce their hours to care. But many of these employees will be your most valuable staff, the 45-64 year-olds at the peak of their careers.

By recognising the needs of carers, you can hold on to your experienced staff and reap the rewards of creating a supportive working environment for carers.

A MAJOR ISSUE WHICH CANNOT BE IGNORED?

Good businesses need good people. In the current economic climate, there has never been a more important time to focus on the benefits of retaining skilled workers – and supporting your employees to work healthily and productively – rather than incurring the costs of recruiting and retraining new staff.

Caring is an issue which faces all of us. Changing demographics and an ageing population mean that 3 in 5 people will end up caring for someone at some point in their lives. The number of carers in the UK is set to grow from 6 million to 9 million in the next 30 years. This is an issue none of us can afford to ignore.

The Dove Service can offer 30 local small businesses in Stoke-on-Trent membership to the Employers for Carers resources. By becoming a member small businesses will have access to legal information, ‘hands on’ advice and help and invitations to member events. For more information on the free membership to Employers for Carers please contact

[email protected]

[email protected]

[email protected]service.org.uk

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