Get Ready for Carers Week 2021

May 28, 2021

Carers Week 2021 - 7th - 13th June

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness about caring, highlight the challenges that unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution that they make in our communities. This year Carers Week falls on 7th – 13th of June.

Carers Week is a valuable opportunity for employers to raise awareness and build extra support. Taking part will foster understanding among all members of staff, while helping working carers to feel recognised and valued within the organisation.

A few ways that employers can mark Carers Week include:

Carers Network Coffee Morning
Get carers together for coffee and a chat.

Feature a Case Study
Would a member of staff be happy to share experiences of their caring role? This could be shared on your internal network. 

Signpost to Help
Highlight links and contact details for organisations which can provide carers with information, support and resources.

Link Up with a Carers Centre
Find out about their services and join community based activities.

Invite a Speaker to your Event
Sharing knowledge and experiences can be a great way to build awareness of caring among all members of staff. 

Please remember to plan events around local Covid-19 restrictions – online alternatives to in-person events are usually possible.


Becoming a Carer Positive Employer

Another action you can take for Carers Week is considering becoming a Carer Positive employer or consider moving to the next award level.

Our team work closely with employers across Scotland to help them develop support for carers while taking into consideration the circumstances specific to each organisation. Becoming recognised with a Carer Positive Award sends a strong supportive message to both existing and potential new staff, as well setting an excellent standard as an employer in Scotland. Our award scheme is recommended within the Scottish Business Pledge and linked in the Scottish Government's recent ‘Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidance for Homeworking’.

Take a look at the rest of our website for advice and resources on supporting carers in the workplace, as well as more information on the Carer Positive awards.