Welcome to the Caring, Working, Living team.
Liz, Senior Project Officer:
Liz returned to GMCVO to set up the Caring, Working, Living project having previously worked on the Talent Match youth employment programme here. As such, she has good relationships with lots of organisations around Greater Manchester that provide employment support.
“I enjoy getting out and about, meeting people from organisations that support carers and others with employment. I also really enjoy working as part of the wider team at GMCVO, as it’s such a friendly and supportive environment.
I’m hoping that Caring, Working, Living makes a lasting impact by supporting employers to understand how to adapt their recruitment and employment practices to be more inclusive to parents and carers. I’m also hoping that the employment support organisations that we work with will develop links to employers with good practice, so that they can continue working with them beyond the lifetime of this project”.
Rebecca, Employer Engagement Officer:
Rebecca came to GMCVO from Carers UK where she spent two and a half years. There, her role involved working on the business forum, Employers for Carers, working with 150+ employers to ensure greater support for working carers: promoting the business case for supporting working carers; the implementation and set-up of a new employer benchmark, Carer Confident; coordinating employer activity for Carers Week and Carers Rights Day; and organising member networking events.
“Having seen the positive impact a supportive employer can make to those currently combining work and care, I’m passionate about the opportunity to engage with employers across Greater Manchester and see the results the project can bring. Whether it be by supporting parents and carers back into work or working with employers to implement longer term changes in their workplace, I’m looking forward to seeing how the project progresses and what learning can be shared”.
Before joining the Caring, Working, Living team Vicky volunteered in a care home that specialised in dementia care. Whilst there she spoke to people who had been a carer or had taken on a majority of the caring responsibilities for the person with dementia. These conversations highlighted the need for carers to have support, but also the difficulty they had finding it. Most of the support they were aware of came from an organisation they were already a part of or the care home.
“I enjoy communicating with parents and carers to find them the support they want. When researching different organisations that offer support I found that it can be often be difficult to find the right information. Once you’ve found an organisation that could offer the correct support, it can be difficult to find the correct contact information. When parents and carers have joined Caring, Working, Living and told us the support they want I am now able to give them useful and appropriate information.
I hope parents and carers are easily able to access support beyond the lifespan of Caring, Working, Living through links with organisations established during the project. I also hope that parents and carers have progressed in their journey back into work through the help of the employment support organisations and the opportunities we are linking them to”.
Listen to the full interviews with the team below.