Gemma Reucroft, Tunstall’s UK & Ireland HR Director, talks about Carers Week and why we’re pledging to support our employees who have caring responsibilities.

Today marks the start of Carers Week 2014. Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign, with the aim of improving the lives of carers and the people that they care for, something that we are passionate about here at Tunstall Healthcare.

Research by Carers UK tells us that 6.5 million people are caring for family or loved ones.  Over half of them are juggling caring with work.

Caring can have a huge impact on the lives of the carer. Many find that it impacts their own health, finances and relationships. Caring can be a 24/7 requirement. For those juggling work and providing care, 41% say that their job has been negatively affected by caring, for example because they are often tired, late or stressed. Many have had to reduce their hours, or take less qualified jobs in order to manage their competing responsibilities. Some have to give up work completely.

Here at Tunstall Healthcare, we are a member of Employers for Carers, and we are joining many other organisations in supporting Carers Week.

We have pledged to: ‘Provide support to our employees that are balancing work with care, and provide a safe and understanding environment in which they can discuss their caring responsibilities and individual needs, and how we can help.’

How could you pledge to support carers?

See our pledge on the Carers Week pledge wall.

Find out more about how technology can help support carers.

Photo, L-R: Jennifer McLellan, HR & CSR Projects Manager, Amy Sanger, Recruitment Manager and Gemma Reucroft, UK & Ireland HR Director.