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Carer Champions appointed at PPM Limited

Three members of our management team have become Carer Champions for PPM and our workforce through free training provided by West Cumbria Carers.

West Cumbria Carers have funding to provide ‘business 2 business’ support for organisations across Allerdale and Copeland to help them manage working carers in their workforce. Creating a supportive workplace is important because juggling work, caring and everything in-between can be difficult to master. PPM were thrilled to take up this opportunity for training and have our very own Carer Champions.  Our HR Manager, Lynsey Carruthers; our Communications and Development Officer, Beth Nicholls and our Workington Depot Operations Manager, Matt Bilton-Bland are all now Carer Champions.

Gordon McGregor, Managing Director of PPM said ‘We are delighted to be working with West Cumbria Carers. We are an inclusive organisation with many employees who could be balancing caring responsibilities with work and we are keen to ensure that they are supported’

A carer is anyone of any age who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. A person could be caring for someone for as little as an hour a week.

As Carer Champions, Lynsey, Beth and Matt are aware of the stress and strain a carer may be facing. They understand the important role of a carer and can pick up on the signs when someone could be a carer, especially when that person may not know it themselves. They can then share information with our employees about the West Cumbria Carers charity and what services are available as well as help people to make that first step of contacting the charity to ensure they get the right support and information for their current situation.

3 in 5 workers (62%) believe they don’t know any work colleagues who help look after a loved one. However, 1 in 9 people in the workplace are juggling paid work with unpaid caring.

Building awareness of what caring actually means can change people’s perceptions of carers. Raising the profile of carer’s means colleagues, line managers and people in supervisory positions will start to understand caring and carers.

The Carer Champion programme will hopefully lead to a culture in which employees talk openly about their caring role, responsibilities and any struggles relating to it. The carer will know the employer recognises, and very importantly, cares about the issues they may be facing and signpost them to the support available from West Cumbria Carers.

For more information about West Cumbria Carers follow this link to their website – Please click here

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Kaefer Ltd kindly held one of the training sessions, free of charge, at their offices at the West Lakes Science Park.

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Energus also kindly held another session at their venue.

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