Previous events

Employers for Carers (EfC) hosted the Summer Networking Event on 5 July which followed on from Carers Week’s theme of Making caring visible, valued and supported. Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, chaired the event and began by updating EfC members on recent developments at the charity including highlights from Carers Week. She referred to research released during Carers Week which showed that the number of unpaid carers remains higher than before the pandemic. The research can be viewed here. Three of our EfC members provided updates about what they did in Carers Week and how they have been…
Employers for Carers (EfC) hosted the first member networking event of the year on Wednesday 30 March. The theme was Hybrid working and carers: Building on the lessons from COVID-19. The event was opened by Carers UK’s Chair Nick Baird who welcomed the newest EfC members who have joined since the last networking event in October 2021. He also congratulated the most recently accredited Carer Confident employers which takes the total to 48 organisations achieving the benchmark. Carers UK’s Chief Executive Officer, Helen Walker, continued with a round-up of news from Carers UK including the annual State of Caring conference…
On 19 October, Employers for Carers hosted their Autumn virtual networking event on the theme of Supporting Carers in COVID-19: Recovery and Return. The event was opened by Nick Baird, Chair of Carers UK who welcomed our latest EfC members since the last event in June along with our newly Carer Confident accredited employers. He touched on how organisations are planning their return to the office or place of work in different ways, with most looking to implement more flexibility than had existed before the pandemic. Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, gave a round-up of recent activities including…
The Summer EfC networking event shared its theme with this year’s Carers Week, ‘Making Caring Visible and Valued’, and gave members the opportunity to discuss issues and activities related to the annual campaign. The event was held virtually on 23 June 2021 and saw a wonderfully high turn-out across members from all sectors. The event was once again opened and chaired by Nick Baird, Chair of Carers UK. He noted that a key challenge for us all as employers is ensuring that we communicate clearly and regularly about caring - and help available in the workplace - to encourage carers…
On 18 May 2021 we hosted out first corporate roll-out event, designed to help members get the most out of the EfC and Digital Resource for Carers platforms. The session included short demonstrations from the team on each platform, focussing on the e-learning resources, toolkits and new journey maps (EfC Digital) and About Me, Learning for Living, Jointly, Upfront and MyBackUp (Digital Resource for Carers). There was a further discussion specifically around the newly refreshed line manager e-learning resource, which is adaptable, non-prescriptive and includes practical case studies about dealing with different scenarios involving carers in the workplace. Members also…
The Spring EfC networking event took place virtually on 21 April 2021 and it was wonderful to see so many new and familiar faces on screen! The theme of the event was ‘Identification and Self-Identification: Recognising and acknowledging carers in the workplace’, and we were pleased to hear a lot of thoughtful discussion and sharing of best practice around the subject. The event was opened and chaired by Nick Baird, who has served as Chair of Carers UK since October 2020. The landscape for caring has changed fundamentally over the course of the pandemic, with research showing that many more…
Following on from a discussion from the last members networking event in November, we hosted a splinter session for employers with a significant number of front-line staff for whom flexibility can be a challenge. It was wonderful to see a range of faces from different organisations and sectors, including emergency services, retail, local authorities and government departments. The session was designed to give a platform to those who are directly experiencing the challenges and creating the solutions, so the floor was quickly handed to Michael Price and Janice Ratter from Royal Mail to provide some context for how and why…
Following on from the success of our national virtual workshop in September, we held six regional roll-out sessions over the course of October and November for: London and South East; South West; Midlands; Yorkshire and Humber; North West; and East and North East. Each session was kicked off with a spotlight on the newest and most relevant resources available to members. We were keen to highlight MyBackUp and Carer Aware, both of which are really helpful resources for carers, especially during this period of enforced isolation for so many. An interactive discussion was then facilitated to give members and non-members…