“A Carer Is A Carer No Matter What Age They Are”
Since November 2009 disability campaigner, Chris Jeffery, chairperson of Mending The Gap has been running a campaign for ‘Short Notice Carers Leave.’
” If there were a carers leave they could have choice and freedom and control, so as to avoid having to struggle and finally be equal as other sectors of society.”
Mending The Gap is campaigning for equality for working carers and for them to be allowed paid leave to help in cases of emergency and to avoid them having to take unpaid leave or use holiday entitlement.
A Date for your Diary
Join Tunbridge Wells Shopmobility and Mending The Gap for an afternoon with Roy and Debbie Hudd at Salomons Estate on Sunday 24th March from 2pm, to raise funds for these two important charities. In conversation with Debbie, Roy will talk about all the triumphs, disasters, stories, songs and jokes from his 63 years in show business. Tickets are £20 and available at Shopmobility in Royal Victoria Place or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The NHS and public authorities allow their staff five days paid carers/family leave and we are campaigning to get the same allowance for other carers in private sector employment to avoid jeopardising the needs of the person they are care for.
Nobody can afford to take unpaid leave in the present economic situation and as people may already be aware, all carers across the country are in the same situation. Not all carers are paid carers and not all carers get the carers allowance. Having to take the person you care for to hospital isn't without cost so why should Working Family Carers still be only allowed UNPAID LEAVE.
Another of Mending The Gap’s aims is to Provide information and advice about equality and diversity within the umbrella and F.R.E.D.A Principles of Human Rights. (F.R.E.D.A Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Autonomy).
Since November 2009 disability campaigner, Chris Jeffery, chairperson of Mending The Gap has been running a campaign for ‘Short Notice Carers Leave.’ ” If there were a carers leave they could have choice and freedom and control, so as to avoid having to struggle and finally be equal as other sectors of society.”
Meet Chris Jeffery
Chris has over the years fought to ensure that his disability is not seen as a barrier to employment, he has had various occupations ranging from Call Centre Worker to Postal Worker to Police Civilian Worker.
Our Chair Chris Jeffery with one of our supporters Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, joint founder of Redington the independent pensions and insurance advisory group.
Here is an article written article for our MTG website from Julie Cooper MP concerning the needs of working family carers.
“ Three out of every five people in Britain will at some time in their life become a carer. Many of these will be unpaid and will, as a result of their caring role, experiencehardship. Many will themselves become ill because of the pressures placed on them and for the majority social isolation is a fact of life. The big question for our time is: Who cares for carers? The reality is that support of any kind is in short supply. Carers need both financial and emotional support and they also need time to care. This so often entails finding an understanding employer. Each time I visit a company I always ask to see their carers’ policy. This request prompts some interesting answers and of course the majority of employers have no such policy. There are a handful of outstanding exceptions eg. British Gas but these are few and far between. Significant change is unlikely to happen without direct Government intervention. The current administration seems to have little sympathy with the lot of carers and I fear direct legislation to support working carers is unlikely to be introduced. This was demonstrated very clearly last year when the government refused to back my bill to remove the burden of hospital car parking charges for carers. Following my bill, hospital guidelines were amended to recommend free car parking for carers. No doubt in similar circumstances when pushed the government may recommend that employers take account of their employees caring responsibilities. Sadly ‘ recommend’ is just not good enough.”
Mending The Gap are pleased to announce that Roy Hudd OBE has agreed to become our patron.
Chris recently met Roy Hudd OBE ahead of his forthcoming show ‘ An Afternoon with Roy and Debbie Hudd ‘ which is on Sunday 24th March ( see advert at the top of the site for more details )