It is a little known fact that after 26 weeks of working you are entitled to request flexible working hours. Here at One Community one thing we are looking at presently, is how we can ensure carers are not excluded from working due to the responsibilities of the caring role.
Flexible working could be the answer for many carers who are concerned they may need to reduce their hours resulting in economic hardship, or give up their job all together which as well as the reduction in disposable income could lead to increased social isolation.
We understand here at One Community that it is a difficult balance to strike as a carer – helping a loved one maintain their independence whilst also maintaining your own. Work can provide positive stimulation, a break from the caring role, and also allows a person to follow their own ambitions. [Read more…]