We are marking the end of Carers Week with celebrations after being recognised as a Carer Positive employer.
Carers Week is a national campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges that carers face and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
The Carer Positive award is presented to employers in Scotland who demonstrate a working environment where carers are valued and supported. This includes providing flexible working policies or simple practical measures which can make a significant difference to carers. In return, employees benefit from supporting working carers in their workplace by retaining experienced employees, reducing staff absences and making huge savings on recruitment costs.
The award was presented this week by Sue McLintock from Carers Scotland, along with Roisin Connolly from Connecting Carers, and David Stewart. Commenting on receiving the award, Emily Stokes, Chief Executive said:
“Birchwood Highland has demonstrated genuine commitment as well as practical action to support staff and service users and we’re thrilled to have been recognised as a Carer Positive employer. We are delighted to be presented with this award and hope that it may inspire other organisations in the Highlands and Islands, particularly in the third sector, to join the growing number of Carer Positive organisations across Scotland.”