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Charity’s new web page offers firms guidance on supporting unpaid carers

Charity the Sheffield Carers Centre has launched a new business support webpage offering free advice for firms wanting to support unpaid carers, pulling together advice, information, and support.

A spokesman for the charity said: “Most businesses know they employ some unpaid carers, but there may be others they don’t know about. Many businesses support those carers but may want to look at other ways they can help. However, some businesses may not be sure how to start supporting their employees.

“Across the UK more than 600 people quit work to look after older and disabled relatives every day. We understand the challenges of recruiting and retaining staff as well as the difficulties carers in your workforce may face.”

It’s estimated there are over 10 million unpaid carers in the UK, and that 2.5 million of these are also in employment. The contribution these unpaid carers make to the person they care for (and to their local communities in general) is invaluable, says the charity.

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