Almost 10% of the workforce in Leeds is juggling paid work with care for a loved one with ill-health or a disability. A new guide has been launched which aims to help employers across Leeds to identify and support working carers.

The guide was developed by the Leeds Working Carers Forum.

The forum, established by Carers Leeds, is made up of businesses from across the city including Asda, Clarion Solicitors, Leeds University and West Yorkshire Police.

The forum meets to exchange best practice in supporting working carers and members believe that every employer in Leeds should have a copy of the new guide.

Val Hewison, Chief Executive of Carers Leeds, said

“Evidence shows that unless working carers are supported in the workplace, they may be forced to leave. Becoming a working carer is not something you can plan for, it can happen overnight. This guide helps employers to prevent losing good staff and shows how simple changes can make a huge difference.”

For a free copy of the guide, contact Madlen Sayar at Carers Leeds on 0113 380 4300 or visit http://www.carersleeds.org.uk