Parent Carer Strategic Liaison Worker

£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 Strategic Liaison Worker to provide information, advice and guidance to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

The postholder will liaise with statutory and voluntary sector organisations to build positive relationships between parent carers and service providers, promote social inclusion and the involvement of parent carers in local service development.

To succeed in this role, applicants must have previous experience of providing information, advice and guidance, 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 postholder will also be required to travel to, and work within, other community settings.

To apply for the role, please download and complete the attached 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.

Closing date:                         Monday 23rd August 2021 (12 noon)

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

PC Strategic Liaison Worker – Application Form – July 2021 PC Strategic Liaison Worker – JD – July 2021 PC Strategic Liaison Worker – PS – July 2021EDI statement

REFORM OF ADULT SOCIAL CARE

#KeepYourPromiseBoris

On his first day in office, Boris Johnson promised to ‘fix social care once and for all’.  Over 700 days later millions of unpaid Carers are still without the support they desperately need and deserve.

We are backing the Care and Support Alliance in asking the Prime Minister to #KeepYourPromiseBoris.  Our Chief Executive, Lee O’Brien, has joined care organisations across England in writing to Boris Johnson to urge him to fulfil his commitment to support unpaid Carers.

You can add your own support by contacting your MP, whatever their party, and help to move social care reform to the top of the agenda.

For more information on the campaign and details of how to make contact with your MP, please visit #KeepYourPromiseBoris | Care & Support Alliance.

Earlier this week the Government introduced the Health and Care Bill which builds on the NHS’s Long Term Plan, and includes proposals to ensure that public involvement does not just include those who use NHS services. While the media focus has primarily been on increased ministerial powers and tendering processes for the NHS, there are some long-awaited proposals that will impact upon unpaid Carers.

The bill advocates for the involvement of Carers in decisions about treatment, and the prevention of illness, for the person they care for, consultation with Carers during the hospital discharge process and the inclusion of Carers in the commissioning of services within an integrated care system.  If you would like to read more about how the Bill proposes to support Carers, Carers UK have published an overview and their response to the government (Carers UK responds to introduction of Health and Care Bill – Carers UK).

We will be following the Bill’s progress through parliament with great interest!

£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

Vacancy – Finance Manager

20 hours per week

Salary £17,423 per annum

(£32,233 per annum pro-rata)

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 an experienced Finance Manager to provide appropriate, accurate, and timely financial information across the charity’s services and programmes and to manage the monthly payroll process.  The postholder will be responsible for ensuring effective systems and procedures for financial management, control, reporting and monitoring, and producing and overseeing the organisation’s annual budget in consultation with the CEO. Ensuring compliance with financial policies and procedures and producing accurate annual statutory accounts and management of the annual independent examination is also expected.

The successful candidate will hold a recognised qualification in accounting – ACCA, ACA, CIMA, AAT-Level 3 and above (or equivalent) with experience of budget preparation, setting and monitoring of financial forecasting, ideally in the charity or not for profit sectors.  Knowledge of the charitable funding environment, SORP and charity accounting practice and requirements is essential.

Applicants should have excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills, the ability to present complex information to non-finance staff and Trustees in an accessible format and the ability to develop strong relationships within and outside of the organisation.

The successful candidate can be based at our office in the Kirkleatham Business Park in Redcar or the TAD Centre, Middlesbrough.

To apply for this position, please return a completed application form to: recruitment@carerstogether-rc.org.uk.

Finance Manager – Job Specification

Application Form – Finance Manager

Closing date:                         5th July 2021 – 12 noon

Interview date:                      TBC

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

 

ADASS North East (Directors of Adult Social Care), intends to build a better picture of Carers needs, support and experiences in the region during Covid and what services they would like to see in the future.

If you’re one of the thousands of people across the North East who helps look after relatives, friends and neighbours in their own homes, they’d like to hear from you.

  • You might help an elderly relative with their shopping, meals or keeping their home spick and span – or it might be even more personal care, like dressing, bathing or with their medicines.
  • You might help an adult with learning disabilities in living a fulfilling and independent life out in the community.
  • Or you might be providing support for a friend or neighbour who is facing difficulties with addiction.

Whatever the kind of care you provide, and whoever it is for, this survey will help them understand the issues and challenges you face, so that we can all support you better. The care you provide is invaluable, so thank you for everything you do.

Complete the survey online here: https://tinyurl.com/ADASSCare

The Department of Social Care has released its operating procedure for ensuring that unpaid Carers are identified and prioritised to receive the COVID vaccine. Carers will be identified using information from a number of sources:

  • those in receipt or entitled to carers allowance
  • those known to GPs who have a ‘carer’s flag’ on their primary care record
  • those known to Local Authorities who are in receipt of support following a carer’s assessment
  • those known to local carers organisations to be actively receiving care and support.

Carers who are registered as a carer with their GP will be contacted by phone, letter or text by their local Primary Care (GP) Network and invited to book a vaccination at a local Primary Care vaccination centre. Carers identified through the other sources will be contacted by the National Booking Service (NHS Digital) via letter and be asked to arrange an appointment at a vaccination centre or community pharmacy.

If you would like support in registering  as an unpaid carer with your GP/Primary Care Network in the Middlesbrough or Redcar and Cleveland Local Authority areas, please call our team on 01642 488977.

Click the link below to access the COVID-19 vaccine standard operating  procedure for unpaid carers:

COVID19_vaccine_standard_operating_procedure_for_unpaid_carers

 

The 2021 Census takes place on March 21st and includes a question about people’s caring roles.  The question is included as a way of providing local authorities with a better understanding of Carer needs in the local area and can help decide what funding the government gives to local authorities through the carer’s grant.

If you look after, or provide unpaid help or support to anyone because they have a long-term physical or mental health condition or illness, or problems related to old age, you are an unpaid Carer.  You do not have to be in receipt of Carer’s Allowance to be included in this category.  By sharing details of your unpaid caring role on the census, you will help to build a national and regional picture of how social care services would be affected without the support you provide.

For more information on the question and its purpose please visit census.gov.uk

Despite repeated requests from Carers and caring organisations across the UK, we were very disappointed to see that additional support for unpaid Carers was not included in yesterday’s budget statement.  The requested supplement to the Carer’s Allowance and additional funding for health and social care services were noticeably absent and will mean continuing financial hardship for unpaid Carers. We will continue to support Carers UK in their #fairerforcarers campaign, pushing for these much needed changes.  Click here to read more from Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK.