In Doncaster there are at least 33,364 unpaid carers who play a vital role in the provision of health and social care to friends and relatives. We recognise that often unpaid carers are providing this care alongside their traditional paid employment.
Who is a Carer? An Adult Carer is...
Someone who provides unpaid support to a family member, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse issues and the support they give impacts on their life
In recognition that carers are part of the ‘wider workforce’ there is training available to support their learning and development, to enhance their knowledge that will further support them whilst in their caring role.
What training and development is available?
Diabetes Awareness for Carers! 14th March 10:30 - 13:30 at the Carers Centre. See poster for details on how to book.
- Carers Diabetes Session
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The Council has a range of learning and development courses that a carer can access for free. This includes some web-based e-learning training. Visit the Learning Pool website
Cares can also access more general training like Moving and Handling, First Aid as well as more specific training such as Diabetes, Dementia and Autism. These are available on the Learning and Development calendar. This can be found in Training and Qualifications.
Carers into Employment
We acknowledge that the knowledge and skills acquired by a caring role can be transferred and assist in obtaining paid employment, should you wish to return to work at some point.
A Carer’s Direct Payment
A Carer can have an assessment of their needs in a similar way to the person that they care for. This might help them to access a Direct Payment which could be used to purchase training equipment etc. to assist with staying or getting into employment.
To request a Carer’s Assessment or for further information telephone the Adult Contact Team (ACT) 01302 737391
Other routes to employment in the care sector:
- enquire at care homes in your local community
- local community groups with an adult social care focus
- job centre plus job vacancies
- volunteering add link to New Horizons
- personal assistants to adult disabled people, Connect To Support, Active Independence Active Independence and South Yorkshire Centre for Inclusive Living (SYCIL) all offer opportunities to register to become employed as a Personal Assistant
Would you like to share your experiences as a Carer?
If you would like to:
- talk to other people about what it’s like to be part of the “ workforce” in social care
- encourage them to consider a career in caring for people
- further develop your personal and professional skills,
Carer's Rights Day
Here are some of the things happening in the community for this year's Carers Rights Day!
- Carers Rights Day
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Other helpful information and advice about supporting you and developing your knowledge and skills can be found at: