£15,714 per annum – (£25,841 full-time equivalent)

22.5 hours per week

Carers Together Foundation is an organisation dedicated to improving Carers’ quality of life. We listen to Carers, give them a voice, provide information, practical and emotional support and promote Carers’ rights across the South Tees area.

We are seeking a Senior Practitioner to provide accurate and relevant information, advice and guidance to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

The post holder will promote service provision and social inclusion for Parent Carers and support them in becoming actively involved in developing and improving local services.

To succeed in this role, applicants must have previous experience of providing information, advice and guidance to Parent Carers, an understanding of the issues affecting Parent Carers and the ability to build strong relationships with clients, colleagues and other professionals.

This role is based between our offices in Middlesbrough and Redcar and the post holder will also be required to travel to, and work within, other community settings.

To apply for the role, please download and complete the Carers Together application form and return it to recruitment@carerstogether-rc.org.uk.  Please note that we are unable to accept applications via CV or from recruitment agencies.

Senior Practitioner (Parent Carers) – Application Form – June 2021

Senior Practitioner (Parent Carers) – Job Description – June 2021

Senior Practitioner (Parent Carers) – Person Specification – June 2021

EDI statement

Carers Together is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and is a member of Employers for Carers.

Registered charity number: 1128910   Company number: 6746629

Closing date:                         12th July 2021 (12 noon)

 

Worn out unpaid carers uncertain the services they relied on will continue post-pandemic

  • More than a third (35%) of people caring unpaid for family members or friends feel unable to manage their caring role
  • 72% of carers have not had any breaks from their caring role during the pandemic
  • Carers Week charities call on Government to give back to carers and fund breaks

Fewer than one in five (14%) exhausted unpaid carers are confident that the support they receive with caring will continue following the COVID-19 pandemic.

After an extraordinarily challenging year providing many more hours of care for loved ones during the pandemic – coping with reduced support from health and care services as well as limited help from family and friends – unpaid carers are seriously worried about the support they will have to help them care in the future.

Research released for Carers Week (7th – 13th June 2021) has found that carers lost, on average, 25 hours of support a month they previously had from services or family and friends before the pandemic.

72% of carers have not had any breaks from their caring role at all. Of those who got a break, a third (33%) used the time to complete practical tasks or housework, and a quarter (26%) to attend their own medical appointments.

Three quarters (74%) reported being exhausted as a result of caring during the pandemic.

More than a third (35%) said they feel unable to manage their unpaid caring role.

The six charities supporting Carers Week – Carers UK, Age UK, Carers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Oxfam GB and Rethink Mental Illness – are calling on the UK Government to provide £1.2 billion funding for unpaid carers’ breaks, so that those providing upwards of 50 hours of care are able to take time off for their own health and wellbeing.

On behalf of Carers Week charities Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

“Carers have sacrificed their physical and mental health caring for loved ones over the course of this pandemic. They are exhausted having cared around the clock, and do not know how they can continue without a break.

“Many are looking to support services to be able to take that time for themselves but are desperately worried that they will not continue in the future.

“Without the right support, the stress and challenges of the last year could lead to far more carers breaking down. It is essential that the Government ensures that carers can take breaks and that those providing upwards of 50 hours of care each week get a funded break.

“Unpaid carers need hope and support in the future and they must be at the heart of the Government’s plans for social care reform.”

69% of carers responding to the Carers Week survey reported poor mental health, while 64% said their physical health had deteriorated.

Almost two thirds of carers (63%) say they are worried about continuing to care without a break.

Click here to read the full Breaks or Breakdown report