Supporting carers over 50 back into employment
Our Working Potential scaled programme is a research project that aims to collect and collate as much information as possible about the best way to support people over 50 who are currently carers to explore job opportunities in preparation for returning to work either on a full or part time basis. We are also working with employers to understand the barriers that they face recruiting and retaining carers in the workplace and to identify best practice.
This significant step is one that many carers come to face. It can be a very daunting prospect as many people become de-skilled or lose their confidence following a period away from conventional work settings.
By launching this programme, it is our intention to understand the most effective steps by which carers can be encouraged and supported on their journey into new working roles, at the same time boosting self-esteem, reducing social isolation and assisting integration into new and wider communities.
Carers as co-researchers
A key element of the Working Potential programme is that we are offering carers the chance to become co-researchers on the project, ensuring that real voices are both heard and heeded.
Coaches will work closely with all carers and provide ongoing intensive personalised support and advocacy.
Who will be delivering the work and where
Initially the work will be based in the Wigan, Bolton and Salford areas and we have appointed the following organisations respectively:
Making Space Wigan provides services at the heart of local communities in the comfort of people’s own homes, as well as offering a range of specialist care and support services. They deliver all their services with dignity, respect and compassion, focusing on outcomes that give the people they support the freedom to enjoy the best every day life possible.
Bolton at Home is a charitable community benefit society that seeks to make people’s lives better via quality housing that helps people to thrive, at the same time ensuring customers to maximise income potential. To achieve this, they work in partnership with a variety of local charities, social enterprises and other agencies.
Upturn is a non-profit social enterprise committed to helping individuals, public, private and third sector organisations and businesses unlock their full potential via sustainable solutions which contribute positive, long lasting impacts on the wider community.