Carer Positive and Carers Scotland
Carer Positive is operated by Carers Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. In 2011, a ‘Caring for Carers’ scheme was listed as one of the Scottish Government’s ten manifesto commitments for carers. The aim of this commitment was to “recognise those employers who offer the best support to carers, allowing them the flexibility they often need to deliver care at home.”
Carers Scotland was selected to take this commitment forward and developed the initiative as the Carer Positive awards. An Advisory Group of key stakeholders was brought together in order to support the development of the initiative, and a wide range of employers across Scotland were consulted to ensure that it would be accessible to organisations of all sizes and across all sectors.
The Carer Positive Advisory Group has included: NHS; Scottish Chambers of Commerce; Scottish Council for Development and Industry; Federation of Small Businesses; Institute of Directors; the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; Carers organisations; British Telecom; British Gas; HMRC, the Scottish Court Service, STUC; Unison; Healthy Working Lives and ‘see me’ Scotland.
● Gives expert advice, information and support ●
● Connects Carers so no one has to care alone ●
● Campaigns together for lasting change ●
● Innovates to find new ways to reach and support carers ●
Making life better for carers