Voluntary Action Shetland is a 'Carer Positive' Employer
Voluntary Action Shetland is the first organisation in Shetland to be awarded the recently launched Scottish Government ‘Carer Positive’ kitemark and received their award certificate on 14th November from Sue McLintock, Senior Policy Officer: Employers Kitemark, Carers Scotland.
(L) Sue McLintock, Senior Policy Officer: Employers Kitemark with Carers Scotland,
presenting the Carer Positive Kitemark Engaged Certificate to Alec Miller, Chair of VAS,
with Catherine Hughson (R) Executive Officer of VAS and Sue Beer.
The Carer Positive kitemark is awarded to employers in Scotland who have a working environment where carers are valued and supported. This might be through flexible working policies or with simple practical measures which can make a big difference to carers.
It’s fitting that VAS should take an early lead on Carer Positive, as one of its many roles is to support unpaid carers, which it does through the Carers Centre at Market House and also through the Virtual Carers Centre http://www.shetlandcarers.org/
Catherine Hughson, Executive Officer at VAS said . . . "it is very important to support your employees in their caring role, being a carer is very demanding and anything we as employers can do to support them in their role is crucial. Your staff are your most important resource and we must support them and appreciate the many demands on their time".
Sue Beer, who is a development worker for VAS, highlights the support she has received while being a carer for her 90 year old mother which has enabled her to stay a valuable member of the VAS staff team…. “"I have been able to reduce my hours to allow me to balance my commitments as my mother's condition has worsened. I know that there will be no problems if I need to leave work urgently to respond to a crisis. Knowing that I have the support of the senior staff is a great comfort to me as it means I don't feel anxious about my job being in jeopardy if I have to react to my mother's needs.”