Car­ing about rights of car­ers

Solic­i­tor to lead sem­i­nar on flex­i­ble work­ing and other en­ti­tle­ments

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

A FREE sem­i­nar is of­fer­ing prac­ti­cal ad­vice to car­ers who also have to go out to work.

The Hospice of St Fran­cis is host­ing the one-hour ses­sion – en­ti­tled Car­ing Whilst You’re Work­ing – in col­lab­o­ra­tion with solic­i­tors Sum­ner and Ta­bor at its health and well­be­ing cen­tre, in Spring Gar­den Lane, Berkham­sted, on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 17, 6pm to 7pm.

Abby McCarthy, well­be­ing and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion co-or­di­na­tor for the hospice, said: “You do not have to have a link to the hospice to come. Any­one in the hospice’s catch­ment area is wel­come – from Harpen­den, Hemel Hemp­stead, St Al­bans and Berkham­sted to Tring, The Lan­g­leys, Amer­sham, Che­sham and the Chalfonts.”

John Carter, em­ploy­ment spe­cial­ist at Berkham­sted firm Sum­ner and Ta­bor, will be giv­ing in­for­ma­tion and guid­ance on what car­ers are en­ti­tled to.

He said: “Many em­ploy­ees and their em­ploy­ers do not un­der­stand that car­ers en­joy cer­tain le­gal rights and pro­tec­tions at work. So, I will be giv­ing prac­ti­cal guid­ance on common is­sues faced by car­ers in the work­place as well as their rights as a carer – from time off and flex­i­ble work­ing hours to pro­tec­tion, dis­crim­i­na­tion and support.”

The hospice cares for peo­ple with lifeshort­en­ing ill­nesses in Herts and Bucks and of­fers prac­ti­cal and holis­tic support at its Spring Cen­tre health and well­be­ing hub for pa­tients re­cently di­ag­nosed or liv­ing with se­ri­ous ill­ness.

It also of­fers support for their fam­i­lies and car­ers.

The hospice needs to raise £4.7mil­lion each year to help care for in­di­vid­u­als in its hospice beds, or in their own homes, and at the Spring Cen­tre.

If you are in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing the sem­i­nar or would like to find out more, email spring­cen­tre@stfran­ or call 01442 869 550.

To find out more about the hospice, go to www.stfran­


FREE GUID­ANCE: The Hospice of St Fran­cis of­fers support to friends, fam­ily and car­ers and well as peo­ple with life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses

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