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Carers Network

 

 
 
The University Carers Network is a supportive and engaged group of staff with a diverse range of caring responsibilities or keen interest in care issues. It also provides a valuable platform for discussion of the many issues affecting the balance between work and home.

 

Email CarersNetwork@napier.ac.uk to get involved.


 

Some facts and figures on caring from Carers Scotland

  • There are 759,000 adults carers in Scotland - 17% of the adult population
  • There are an estimated 29,000 young carers in Scotland - 4% of the under 16 population
  • Every year over 160,000 take on a caring role
  • 171,000 people care for 35 hours a week or more
  • 132,000 people care for 50 hours a week or more
  • 59% of carers are female, 41% male
  • 3 in 5 of us will become carers at some point in our lives.
  • Over 250,000 people juggle caring with holding down a job
  • The main carers' benefit is worth just £62.10 for a minimum of 35 hours
  • A third of carers are struggling to pay utility bills, 47% have been in debt and half are struggling to make ends meet, cutting back on food and heating as a result
  • 8 in 10 carers say their health is worse because of caring
  • 56% of carers are employed or self employed
  • By 2037 the number of carers in Scotland will have increased to around 1 million
  • Carers save the Scottish economy £10.3 billion - close to the cost of providing NHS services in Scotland


 

 

The impact of Covid-19 on caring

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been an increase of 400,000 carers in Scotland, bringing the total to an estimated 1.1 million, or one in five of the population, according to Carers Scotland.


 

Further help and advice for carers during the pandemic can be accessed here. The latest line manager guidance for supporting vulnerable colleagues, including risk assessment​s, can be found he​re​​.


  

University policies and support
 
 
Additional information and support
  
Respite and breaks
 

Carer Positive (Engaged) Accreditation

The University have Carer Positive (Engaged) Accreditation.

 

The aim of Carer Positive is to:

  • ​Raise awareness of the growing numbers of people who juggle work and caring responsibilities
  • Encourage employers to understand the business case for supporting carers in the workplace
  • Encourage and provide recognition to those employers who currently have, or who develop policies and practices which support carers in their workforce​


 


 

Sue McLintock from Carers Scotland (left) presents the Carers Positive Award to Edinburgh Napier’s Dr Gary Hutchison, Carers Network Sponsor, and Susan Burnett, Network lead. The award is presented to employers in Scotland who have a working environment where carers are valued and supported.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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