The role of carer touches many. Today we know that:
- 3 million people in the UK juggle paid work with unpaid caring responsibilities – 1 in 9 people in any workforce (Employers for Carers)
- 24% of University of Leeds staff have declared they have a caring responsibility*
The University is committed to supporting the increasing number of working carers who have caring responsibilities for either one or more children, one or more disabled children, a relative or family member. If left unsupported, the impact of being a working carer can lead to isolation or burnout for the individual, and lower productivity, higher absenteeism or higher rates of turnover amongst staff.
If you are a member of staff who has caring responsibilities the University has a range of support available to help;
- Line managers, who play a vital role in supporting working carers through open communication, understanding and flexibility;
- Local HR teams, who can provide advice on policy and explore appropriate options for working arrangements with carers and line managers;
- Time off for Carers and Domestic Reasons
- Flexible Working
- Career Breaks
- Occupational Health
- Staff Counselling and Psychological Support Service
- Other Support Services
The University is partnered with Carers Leeds, an independent charity which aims to improve the lives of unpaid carers in the city.
- You can book a free and confidential telephone appointment to access a wide range of practical advice, support and information to unpaid carers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment.
- You can also call the advice line on 0113 380 4300, available Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.
* If you wish to check and update your equality information you can do so through Employee or Manager Self Service.