Working to assist in the region’s recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Return to Work Carers Project is a two year pilot project established in 2020 as part of North of Tyne Combined Authority’s (NTCA) programme to assist in the region’s recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic.

NTCA is working in partnership with three local carers organisations, Carers NorthumberlandNewcastle Carers and North Tyneside Carers’ Centre  to deliver this project to support carers return to employment, education, or training.

The project helps residents who have caring commitments, and want to find work, access a range of route-ways into local jobs.  The project is available to both adult carers and young adult carers, aged 16 and over, across the North of Tyne region.

Together, Carers Northumberland, Newcastle Carers and North Tyneside Carers’ Centre actively support around 9,000 working age carers across the North of Tyne, around 3,000 of whom are not in any form of paid work.

The Return to Work Carers Project offers carer-specific advice, alongside employability support, and provides carers with the opportunity to access the range of services on offer from the carers centres. By November 2022 the project has supported over 200 carers.

The funding provided by NTCA has enabled each carers organisation to employ a specialist advisor to deliver the service.  The Carers into Work Advisors provide bespoke specialist support to carers to remove any barriers they may experience returning to employment, education, or training.   This includes an online training package which has been developed and tailored specifically to help carers to return to work.

The advisors work with carers to achieve their potential through:

  • One to one coaching
  • Identifying and addressing any barriers
  • Supporting with employability skills
  • Understanding their employment rights

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic the training package which has been tailored specifically to help carers to return to work can be delivered virtually, as well as in person.

Sessions cover a range of topics in relation to caring and employability, including:

  • Transferable Skills
  • Assistive Technology
  • CV Writing Skills
  • Application Forms
  • Writing your Supporting Statement
  • Writing Cover Letters
  • Interview Skills
  • Carer’s Rights in Work

In September 2021 a communication campaign was launched, this included promotional videos recorded by the Carers into Work Advisors as well as traditional leaflets and pull up banners. The videos were posted across NTCA’s socials; LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor.

The best advocates for the project are the carers who have been supported.  It’s more important than ever that carers know their rights in the workplace. Therefore, on Carers Rights Day on 25 November 2021, NTCA published two videos by carers who had used the Return to Work Carers Project.  The selfie videos, by Audra and Tracey went out across NTCA’s socials and were very positively received.

For information on how to access the programme please contact the Carers into Work Advisors at

For further information about the Return to Work Carers Project contact: Sarah.Hughes@northoftyne-ca.gov.uk

 

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