Renfrewshire Council

Colleagues with caring responsibilities - know your rights and get support

Highlighting info and guidance this Carers Rights Day 2022

According to Carers UK, over 160,000 people in Scotland become working unpaid carers every year, juggling work while supporting someone who is frail, disabled, seriously ill or living with a long-term health condition.

While caring can be very rewarding, it also has many challenges and can impact on the carer's mental, physical, and financial wellbeing. For Carers Rights Day 2022, we are highlighting the key information to empower working unpaid carers so you can ask for help when you need it, access the support you are entitled to and ensure your rights are met.

Help at work

Many people who look after loved ones, neighbours, or friends don't realise they are working unpaid carers and could be entitled to help and support. This was the case for our employee Martin who cares for his child with underlying health conditions. When our HR team contacted him about his status as an unpaid working carer, he learned about the support available and was able to make the changes he needed to better balance his work and caring responsibilities. Read Martin's story.

If you are a council employee with caring responsibilities, we can support you with carers leave, our carers connected forum and free access to digital hubs such as Employers for Carers and Carers UK - both of which provide lots of practical advice and information.

Visit our 'Support for staff with caring responsibilities' webpage for more details or contact HROD advisors Fiona Sinclair at Fiona.sinclair@renfrewshire.gov.uk and Ian Whyte at Ian.whyte@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

Know your rights

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 aims to support your wellbeing if you are a carer, so you can continue to look after the people you love and lead a healthy fulfilling life. The Carers Charter tells you all about your rights under this Act.

The 'Looking after someone' guide by Carers Scotland has lots of useful information to help you understand your rights as a carer, as well as advice on assessments for the person that you care for, managing their affairs and looking after yourself.

Your local Carers Centre is also there to guide and support you throughout your caring journey.

Caring and the cost of living

If you are struggling with rising costs right now, help is available. There's lots of advice and resources to help you take care of your financial wellbeing as well as your mental and physical health on our employee wellbeing hub.

RenTalks coming soon

Don't miss our upcoming RenTalks sessions where we will be discussing financial wellbeing and how managers can support colleagues with caring responsibilities.