Renfrewshire Council

Carers Week 2022 is now over, but you can still access all the information and resources below. You can also read our guide for council staff with caring responsibilities.

Carers Week 2022

What Carers Week is, our pledge to carers, daily events, and additional information for carers and managers

What Carers Week is

Carers Week runs from Monday 6 to Sunday 12 June 2022. It's an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges working carers face, and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

This year, we're coming together to make caring visible, valued, and supported.

From Monday through to Friday this week, we'll bring you a range of helpful resources and interactive events for you to learn more about being an unpaid working carer at Renfrewshire Council.


Our pledge to carers

"As a carer-friendly employer, we pledge to make caring "visible, valued, and supported". Our carer-friendly policies and range of support includes our carer's leave policy, flexible working practices, and safe and supportive platforms for working carers to share their stories and access help and peer support.

"We recognise and value the contribution our working carers make both at home and in the workplace. The added pressures many have experienced throughout the coronavirus pandemic and since have made it even more important that we do everything we can to endorse a culture of support for our carers at work.

"During Carers Week 2022, we will raise awareness, highlight what it means to be a working carer, and link to support and information for carers and their managers both within the council and other organisations. Look out for info on our carer's leave policy, Carers Connected Forum, and how all of this can help you take care of your own health and wellbeing."


Monday 6 June - Introducing Carers Week

Welcome to Carers Week 2022!

Working unpaid carers

A working carer is an employee who provides unpaid care for someone who is older, seriously ill, or has a disability. This can include medical care but also emotional and practical support.

You may not realise that you are a carer. You could be:

  • a primary carer sharing caring responsibilities for someone with your partner or other family members
  • travelling to provide care for a family member before or after work, or at weekends
  • caring for someone in your own home.

Learn more about working unpaid carers and the support available.

iLearn courses

Check out our "Employers for Carers" course on iLearn, which explains how to access the "Care for Carers" suite of courses. Just log in to iLearn, where you'll find it in the Leadership and Management section under Policies and Procedures.


Tuesday 7 June - Valuing our working carers

We're a carers-positive employer. If you work at the council and you're an unpaid carer for someone, there's lots of support available for you at work and from local and national organisations.

Find out what support you can get as a working carer (including carer's leave), what leave you may be able to take, and what groups and organisations can help you.


Wednesday 8 June - Other support sources

There's lots of local and national support available to carers. Check out the link to learn about carers centres, money and benefits, and organisations you can turn to for additional support and advice.

Jointly app

Renfrewshire Council has teamed up with Carers UK to offer carers in our organisation free access to a wide range of online resources to help make caring easier. The Jointly app makes caring for someone a little easier, less stressful, and  a lot more organised by making communication and coordination simpler between those who are sharing the care.

To use Jointly for free, you must first create an account on the Jointly website and redeem your access code. To find your free access code, email fiona.sinclair@renfrewshire.gov.uk or ian.whyte@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

In addition to the Jointly app, check out the MyBackUp and Upfront resources on the Carers UK Digital Resources platform.


Thursday 9 June - Carers survey

We value learning and always strive to do better. So, if you're a working carer, we want to learn about you!

Please take 10 minutes to complete our survey and tell us about what being a working carer means to you, the impact it's had on your work life balance, and what support you need.


Friday 10 June - Carers Connected Forum

You may already be a member of Carers Connected, or maybe you're a working carer and want to find out more about this supportive peer network. Join us from 13:00 to 14:00 for our virtual 'Care for a Cuppa' event. This is your opportunity to meet and catch up with other working carers across the council.


"What's On Guide" - Renfrewshire Carers Centre

Below are Carers Week events from Renfrewshire Carers Centre. To book or for more information, email enquiries@renfrewshirecarers.org.uk.

Monday 6 June

  • Carers Bereavement Counselling - 13:30 to 15:30
  • Crafts Session (Photo Box Papercraft) - 18:00 to 20:00

Tuesday 7 June

  • Pottery Class - 14:00 to 16:00 and 18:00 to 20:00
  • Art Session (Mindful Doodling) at The Shop at No. 8, Lochwinnoch -  18:30 to 20:30
    • Staff will be availble from 17:30 to 18:30 to offer information advice to carers.

Wednesday 8 June

  • Craft Session (Photo Box Papercraft) - 10:00 to 12:00
  • Accessible Yoga for All - 18:00 to 19:00
  • Simple Mindfulness Techniques - 19:00 to 20:00

Thursday 9 June

  • Summer Flower Arranging - 10:00 to 12:00

Friday 10 June

  • Poetry Session - 10:30 to 12:30
  • Afternoon Tea and Cha Cha - 14:00 to 16:00

Find out more

If you can't make any of the live events, or you want to speak to someone in confidence about your caring role, contact Fiona Sinclair at fiona.sinclair@renfrewshire.gov.uk or 0141 618 7319 or Ian Whyte at ian.whyte@renfrewshire.gov.uk or 0141 618 4505.

You can find out about carer's leave and the other supports available for our working carers on our hub for council staff with caring responsibilities.

You can also get in touch with the Renfrewshire Carers Centre or visit the Carers Scotland website for more information about local support, equipment and technology, and benefits for carers and cared for people.


Information for managers

If you're a manager with a team member who has caring responsibilities, you can find out more about: