Council continue their care journey with further recognition
Posted on 28 Jun 2019
NORTH Ayrshire Council’s reputation as a local authority who supports carers was further reinforced today.
Carers Scotland confirmed the Council had made excellent progress in the last year by supporting carers extensively and providing a supportive environment for those working with the Council.
In 2018, the Council was recognised as a Carer Positive Employer. And now they have reached the second level – Carer Positive (Established) - of this three-stage process.
Councillor Robert Foster, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “Caring is becoming an increasing part of everyday lives and as a Council we have to lead the way.
“Carers can be overlooked but we have to ensure this is not the case here in North Ayrshire. Numbers are likely to increase significantly as the population gets older so carers represent a growing proportion of the workforce.
“It is important that we create a caring environment so that the carers who work for the Council feel supported. It’s also about raising awareness amongst our whole workforce too.
“It’s important that employees feel comfortable identifying themselves as carers within the workplace. We have to provide that balance that allows them to work alongside their caring roles. Carers were consulted in the review and development of the Carers Policy, and clear policies and procedures to support employees who care are now established.
“We are very proud of the work we’ve carried out – but there is more to do.”
The Council recently introduced a Carers Leave scheme, changes to Special Leave scheme and the introduction of a Carer Digital Resource.
The next step for the Council is to become Carer Positive (Exemplar) and that involves encouraging and supporting other local businesses and organisations across North Ayrshire to join them as a Carer Positive Employer.
Sue McLintock, Manager at Carers Scotland, said: “We are delighted that North Ayrshire Council has progressed its Carer Positive recognition to the Established level of the award. The Council has shown a genuine commitment to supporting carers, valuing the important contribution they make, both in the workplace and in the wider community.
“This award highlights their ongoing efforts to make North Ayrshire a supportive place to work and live, and their recognition as a Carer Positive Established Employer is well deserved.”