Wigan Council achieves Carer Confident Award from Carers UK

Latest News 2 March 2022

Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre would like to pass on our congratulations to Wigan Council who have achieved the Carer Confident Award from Carers UK.  They are the first council in the North West to achieve such accolade.

At Wigan Council, they believe it’s vital to have the right support in place for all staff, and particularly those who are, or will become, carers.  With one in nine people juggling work with caring for someone who is older, ill or disabled, staff who are also carers are incredibly important to their workforce.

The Carer Confident benchmarking scheme supports employers to build a positive and inclusive workplace for staff to make the most of the talents that carers bring to the workplace.  It’s designed to help organisations and businesses of all shapes and sizes create more carer-supportive workplace for their staff.

This is fantastic news for our local community and carers.

Councillor Keith Cunliffe, deputy leader of the council, said: “Nurturing an environment where our employees who also have caring responsibilities can be celebrated and embraced is incredibly important to us here at Wigan Council.

We are really proud to have achieved this accreditation and hope that it will be just the beginning in our journey to even more work on including carers in future.”

According to the 2011 census there are over 36,000 carers in Wigan Borough and the council works closely with Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre to provide support and advice.

If you are a carer (whether employed by Wigan Council or a resident from the borough) there is support available.

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