Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

Supporting our Staff as Older Carers: a VCSE briefing

GMCVO-led Ambition for Ageing’s Working Potential has released a briefing that outlines how VCSE organisations can support older carers as employees or potential employees and therefore lead by example in this area.

Key points from the briefing include:

  • Leading by example doesn’t have to be expensive.
  • Simple adaptations can make recruitment and working practices, flexible for all and raise an organisation’s profile to one of an employer of choice.
  • Flexibility in workplace practices aids staff retention, widens the pool from which you recruit and improves staff loyalty and morale.
  • Adopting and promoting a carers policy consistently across an organisation means staff know their entitlements and feel confident discussing their needs with an understanding employer, resulting in a reduction of sick leave and an increase in staff resilience and productivity.
  • Ensuring recruitment is flexible and inclusive, demonstrates VCSE principles in action.

Click here to download the documents on the GMCVO website or visit the Ambition for Ageing website for references and further information.