Carers UK reports that 5 million people in the UK are juggling caring responsibilities with work – that’s 1 in 7 of the workforce. In reality, this number is likely to be far higher with carers reluctant to admit to their caring role for fear of stigma and an impact on career prospects and progression.

Those with caring responsibilities develop a wide range of transferrable and valuable skills to the workforce, often unrecognised and undervalued. Their contribution to organisations is vast but without the right support, employees report high levels of burnout, presenteeism and low levels of job satisfaction resulting in resignations or job moves.

From a business perspective, it makes sense to recognise the strengths and challenges of all team members and ensure that they can work at their best.

From a human level, there is a moral responsibility to support employees holistically and not just from a place of improving performance so that they can live at their best inside and outside of their work roles.

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At Santander Consumer Finance, we are committed to achieving an inclusive and supportive work environment for our employees. As part of this commitment, we are focused on raising awareness on disability and those who have caring responsibilities within the workplace.

We were delighted to invite Charlie Beswick to speak about the challenges and values of parent carers. Her powerful and informative session provided invaluable information and guidance on how managers and colleagues can provide support for team members.

Santander

Charlie obviously has a very inspiring and unique story to tell, but the experience I had working with her, was so much more than just this one element. Charlie worked with me and a number of our Account Managers, delivering a workshop on building resilience in our work life. Not only was Charlie wonderful to work with – she was able to suggest the most interactive group sizes and delivery medium to get the most out of the day – the content felt on point and bespoke for our needs.

the content was thought provoking, stirred very honest conversations and most importantly for me was very practical. I think with training on topics such as resilience it can be difficult to move to a clear ‘HOW’ we change – but the suggestions were usable, real and I know my people took a lot from the session. The HEART model is something that has really changed the way I, and our management team, coach people though difficult conversations or moments of poor self talk and has made those conversations far more productive and positive.

Emma Atkinson

Director of People Development, Rightmove

What a great session Charlie gave to my Business Developer students! There were clear messages and ‘take-aways’ delivered in Charlie’s energetic style and underpinned by her inspiring story.

Listening to an inspiring story is always great, but coming away with usable personal tools that can lead to behavioural change is always the ultimate goal. Charlie managed this superbly. Still to this day I am able to have discussions with my students about Charlie’s message and tools and how they have, and will have, influences on their life and practice.

I would highly recommend Charlie!

Damian Keil

Hyper Island

Charlie was an absolute pleasure to work with, a real professional that delivered a well-planned webinar that was thought-provoking and inspiring. She shared strategies that were really simple but effective and great tools for anyone to have.

Natalie Chard

Wellbeing and Inclusion Manager, SUEZ

I offer a variety of services for organisations

Awareness and Education sessions

£1000 each.

Awareness session – This covers the differences between being a parent and a parent carer, and the challenges and transferable skills of parent carers in the workplace. This is based on personal experience and the voices of over 800 other parent carers. This session also touches on reasonable adjustments that workplaces can make to ensure their employees are supported and able to perform to the best of their ability. Suggested audience: whole staff

Education session – This session goes into more detail about the ways in which managers can support parent carers in the workplace. It also includes information on the Carers Leave Act 2023 which comes into force on 6th April and what this means for employers and managers. Suggested audience : Middle managers and SLT

Discussion and beyond package

£5000

Both the awareness and education sessions as already outlined. Plus:

I also meet with the appropriate staff to discuss and plan the structure, delivery and sustainability of a parent carer forum (or alternative support if preferred). I use an online tool to gather employee opinion to shape provision (a report is provided.) This builds on earlier sessions and ensures that discussion turns into tangible action, that employees truly feel seen and heard and are practically supported by their peers which has an incredibly powerful impact on mental well being and workplace relationships. In turn, this has a positive impact on presenteeism, absenteeism, job satisfaction, retention and productivity.

Sustainable support package.  £15,000

‘Discussion and beyond package’ as outlined above. Plus-
Follow up check ins, on hand support, advice and guidance every quarter throughout a full year including further data gathering of employee opinions to record the impact from a quantitative and qualitative perspective (reports provided). Data generated within this package provides a wealth of evidence for organisations wanting to be credited with recognition for their support from external awarding bodies as well as excellent positive PR.

Every employee will also receive the following resources:

  • ’10 powerful podcasts – the ones that changed our outlook’
  • Access to the first unit of the ‘Empowerment Pathway Course’. This offers information and resources to support parents in the areas of grief, guilt, comparison, transitions for their child, normalising bad days and ‘what will happen when I die’ and can be accessed in their own time.

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