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Carers Week 2014

Could you lend a hand during Carers Week?

One in eight adults in the UK are carers. Carers Week (9th-15th June) celebrates and recognises the contribution of the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers who, through providing unpaid care, save the Government £119 billion a year.

Carers Week aims to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for. Hundreds of organisations such as Carers UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, and Age UK as well as individuals will be taking part in activities at a national, regional and local level to raise awareness of carers and the invaluable work they do.

Over 12,000 events and activities are planned throughout the UK during Carers Week including stunts, roadshows, sponsored walks, tea parties and information displays. You can find out more about events happening near you during Carers Week here.

One in eight are currently carers looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. Often, carers struggle to balance a number of priorities such as careers and the needs of other relatives or friends.

Why Carers Week matters

Research by the charity Carers UK shows that:

  • Every day 6,000 people take on new caring responsibilities
  • Every year two million people take on new caring responsibilities
  • Most carers (5.7 million) are aged over 18 and the peak age for caring is 50 to 59
  • 1.5 million carers are aged over the age of 60
  • There are 175,000 young people under the age of 18 who provide care, 13,000 of these provide care for 50 hours or more per week
  • One in nine workers in the UK combine work with caring responsibilities for a disabled, ill or frail relative or friend

Without a network of support, the right help, and advice and information on the services available then carers can quickly become cut off from their own health needs, work and finances. Carers UK found that:

  • 45% of carers have given up work to become a carer
  • 61% have faced depression because of their role as a carer
  • 49% are struggling financially because their role as a carer does not allow them to work

This research is supported by recent findings from Dementia Friends which found that over 50,000 carers will quit their jobs this year to care for a loved one with dementia. You can read more about our thoughts on the Dementia Friends research here.

Prestige Nursing + Care celebrates Carers Week

In order to celebrate Carers Week we will be offering a number of our clients, who act as informal carers, two free hours of care for their loved one. Research shows that those caring for a loved one can often neglect their own needs and might not always make time for themselves. Therefore from 9th-15th June we will arrange for one of our care workers to step-in for two hours so that a select number of our clients can enjoy a small break, with peace of mind, and enjoy some well-deserved time of their own. We want to offer this token of our appreciation to demonstrate our support and appreciation for the invaluable contribution informal carers make to our local community.

Darren Housden, UK Business Development Manager, Prestige Nursing + Care, said:

“The research from Carers UK highlights how thousands of employees are struggling to juggle work commitments, family life and their health with their role as a carer. Carers can find it extremely stressful to balance a number of responsibilities and too often they ignore their own needs. We’re delighted that from 9th-15th June Prestige Nursing + Care will be celebrating the dedication and commitment of local informal carers here in Worthing. Informal carers contribute so much to our society and Carers Week is the perfect opportunity for us to show how we value and support the unsung heroes in our community.”

If you’re interested in supporting Carers Week, or are already organising an event or activity, you can pledge your support by signing up to the pledge wall.

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Jobs FAQs

What shifts or rotas are available for professional carers?

Our branches have a wide variety of hours and rotas which means it’s possible to find shifts that fit in with your life situation, whether you want a full time role or are just looking for a few hours a week. All that we ask is that you commit to the hours you can do two weeks in advance.

Do I need care experience to join?

Six months’ professional care experience is ideal - such as a domiciliary carer, care assistant, homecare worker, support worker or healthcare assistant. However, if you are new to care some branches do offer training leading to care certificates, so please contact the recruitment team to discuss on 0808 239 9716.

Do I need a driving licence?

A full clean driving is required for some roles, but not all. Job roles normally state if a driving licence is required, but if you are unsure then please contact the recruitment team on 0808 239 9716.

What pre-employment checks do you do?

To join Prestige Nursing & Care as a professional carer you will be required to apply for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, unless you are registered with the update service.

We can help you apply via your local branch. When you work with children and vulnerable adults a DBS check is a legal requirement. Find out more about DBS checks: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about.

We also require two professional references, one of which should be your current or most recent employer.

Finally, you will be required to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK, NI number, ID and proof of address. Your recruiter will talk you through all requirements and support you all the way.

What training do I need to complete before starting work?

You will need to complete both online e-learning modules and virtual training via Microsoft Teams. This is very flexible and can be completed from home as long as you have a compatible device. Find out more about the training we offer.

Is the training free?

Yes, the training is completely free.

Do you offer regular patterns of work?

Yes, our branches offer a wide variety of hours and shift patterns.

Will I be employed by Prestige Nursing & Care?

You would become a member of our team with a contract for services. You would be eligible for things like SSP and holiday, as well as a NEST workplace pension.

How old do you have to be to work as a carer?

You need to be 18 years old to join our care team and there is no upper age limit.

How often will I get paid?

We pay all our professional carers weekly.