Case studies

Examples of employee carers' networks include:

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John joined PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) 22 years ago when his son David, who has cerebral palsy, was a year old. His wife stopped work to care for David and his twin, and so he had no significant impact on his working life until they moved from Yorkshire to Northumberland to enable David to attend a special school, which would better meet his needs.

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The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is by far the largest of the police services that operate in Greater London, with more than 32,500 officers together with about 14,200 police staff, 230 traffic wardens and 4,300 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). 

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Adam was working at Carers UK when his father suffered a stroke and was hospitalised for a number of weeks.

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Examples of employers who provide carers leave include Centrica, the Metropolitan Police and the Hyde Group (which offers special/carers leave of up to 5 days a year).

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Policies and practices that support carers are crucial to the resilience and success of our business. However, it is not only carers who need support – managers need to be aware of the issues working carers face, and to understand what is available to balance the needs of the business with those of the carer and other members of their teams. It is about knowing your employees and working flexibly with them to find solutions. At Centrica we strive to provide practical and sustainable ways to support carers and their managers.
Ian Peters, Director of Customer Facing Strategy at Centrica, parent company of British Gas and Chair of Employers for Carers
 
 
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Read about different examples of how small changes to working patterns can enable carers to juggle work and their caring responsibilities more effectively.

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Read about how the Ministry of Justice introduced flexible working arrangments for 'Deborah' which meant that she could return to work after her daughter was diagnosed as being within the autistic spectrum

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Listawood, a family run manufacturing company with around 200 employees, has always had a flexible culture. 

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Jane Darley works full-time from home, 5-days a week. She joined BT in 1984 and has always worked in roles connected with retail. Her first job with the company was as a marketing analyst.

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Approximately three quarters of BT’s 102,000 strong workforce work flexibly. 

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BT’s vision on supporting carers is Helping You Care. BT recognises and respects people’s desire to perform well at work and to meet their personal responsibilities. 3 million people juggle work with caring responsibilities for a disabled, ill or frail relative or friend.

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