Nine pilot areas will be involved in discovering how to help carers balance work and their caring responsibilities. The pilot areas will explore how technology (such as smart phones, social media and email alerts) can be used to ease the pressure of caring by linking to professional support from the local authority and assistance from informal networks of friends, neighbours and Time Bank volunteers. The idea is to enable carers to plan and coordinate formal and informal support.
“ …one pilot will monitor cared for adults by telephone every day at an agreed time, then contact the carer by email or text to confirm that they do not need assistance. The pilots will also explore how businesses can give employees with caring responsibilities more help, for example by promoting flexible working patterns and setting up carers ‘surgeries’. One pilot will also set up a pop up business school to help carers set up in self-employment”.
The announcement of these pilots coincides with the Public Health Responsibility Deal’s Health at Work Network “pledge to support carers”.
Supporting carers to stay in paid employment. London: Department of Health, February 13th 2015.
Review / Consultation into Voluntary Community Social Enterprises (VCSE)
Possibly also of interest, is the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England (PHE) joint Voluntary Community Social Enterprise (VCSE) Review:
Osterloh, M. (2015). Joint review seeks better ways to support volunteers, charities and social enterprises. London [Online]: Department of Health, February 18th 2015.