Gateshead Carers were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Gateshead, Cllr. Allison Thompson, along with other invited and distinguished guests, to the official launch of their eLearning website designed specifically for Working Carers and Employers in Gateshead. The event was held at HMS Calliope, Gateshead, on the evening of Tuesday 28th February 2017.
This new site, developed in collaboration with Northumbria University staff and students, is specifically designed to support employers and working carers who live or work in Gateshead and work full or part time whilst also providing unpaid care for a family member or friend. People can use the site to access a carers’ awareness e-Learning course, which aims to raise awareness and increase knowledge and understanding of the nature of the caring role, particularly within the working environment.
This project is an excellent example of how collaboration between the private and voluntary sector, local council and local businesses and further education, can come together to benefit Working Carers and Employers both locally and nationally!
In addition to a range of written materials, the site is packed with videos, templates, self-assessments forms, case studies, links to online resources, recommended reading and relevant research. Upon studying all of the topics, visitors will be able to earn a well-deserved Carer Aware Certificate.
This free resource will be of particular value to:
- An employer, HR professional, or line manager
- A carer who is currently combining work and care or looking to enter or re-enter the workforce
- An employee who may become a carer in the future or who wants to learn more about their colleagues who are carers
At the launch event, guests were invited to pledge their support helping to build a ‘Carer Friendly Community’ by adding a signed brick to our Lego Pledge House. This theme continues into the year as part of the national strategy for Carers Week 2017 (12-18 June).
The website also has an accessibility toolbar, provided by Gateshead company Recite Me, making it fully accessible to everyone it aims to support. For example, nine per cent of the carers Gateshead Carers’ supports are from a BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) background, whilst eighteen different languages are spoken across its network of carers. Recite Me is perfect for translating the e-learning site content into over 100 languages for them, whilst also making the site fully accessible to people with a disability, learning difficulty, or impairment. It gives people a range of options which are represented by easy to understand icons in a toolbar that appears at the top of each web page. They allow people to change elements of the website such as the font size and font colour, in order to make text easier to read. Anyone who visits the site can also use the toolbar to quickly and easily have the text read aloud to them.
Katalin Bartos, Employer Support Officer at Gateshead Carers, said: “We wanted to create an easily accessible, flexible and cost effective learning site for employers and working carers to use at their own pace, time and location. We had previously spoken to carers we support about the help and support they need and access to information online was a top requirement”.
For further information about the new working carers and employers e-Learning website please contact: Katalin Bartos, Employer Support Officer, Gateshead Carers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos (l to r): Martin Robertson (Recite Me); Peter Dillon, Steve Cowen, Jamie Steane; Sharon Lesley Connelly, Lynn Parker, Chris Ogle, Martin Robertson, Deborah Bradshaw; The Mayor of Gateshead Cllr. Allison Thompson, Steve Cowen (CEO of Gateshead Carers Association).