Harry’s Pledge: Social housing’s commitment to carers

Harry’s Pledge: Social housing’s commitment to carers

Lincs Rural is proud to get behind Harry’s Pledge, a united national commitment to support, recognise and champion carers.

Across the country social housing providers like us are looking to commit to four pledges:

  • Being supportive employers to people that have caring responsibilities
  • Making offices and community spaces as accessible as possible
  • Building more fully-accessible homes
  • Further professionalising and promoting care as a career, and lobbying for changes in pay and rewards for carers.

Launched in Carers Week, Harry’s Pledge is named in honour of Harry Charlesworth, a lively five-year-old whose birth disability of quadriplegic cerebral palsy means he has deep caring needs.

His grandmother is Julie Doyle, the chief executive of PlaceShapers member Longhurst. She and Harry’s family were determined that the focus on the difference made by carers during the Coronavirus pandemic should not be lost.

Harry’s Pledge is a unified approach from Carers UK, together with PlaceShapers, the Chartered Institute of Housing and National Housing Federation

Find out more about Harry’s Pledge 

 Harry’s Pledge

Harry’s Pledge focuses on four areas where we can support those who need care and those who provide it. We define a carer as someone who cares for someone with physical or mental health needs.

The four pledges:

  1. As employers:
    • We will do all we can to support people with caring responsibilities to work for us by making our policies carer-friendly.
    • We will be a carer friendly employer.
    • We will ensure people can work flexibly to fit paid work around unpaid caring work.
    • We will provide platforms and support for those who are carers to tell their stories, and to tell us what more they need from us as employers and housing providers.
  1. In our workspaces:

We will make the offices and community spaces we offer as accessible as possible. For example, we will install “Changing Place” toilets in any new offices that are open to the public and look to retrofit existing spaces.

  1. In the homes we build:
    • We will build more fully accessible homes.
    • We will routinely consider accessibility when developing new homes and within our existing stock.
    • We will consider how more of the homes we build can be adapted for disabled people.
  1. In training and career progression:
    • We will work with partners to professionalise care further with clear qualifications and career paths.
    • We will promote care as a valued career choice.
    • We will lobby for changes in pay and rewards for carers.

 

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