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Currently 3 million people in the UK juggle paid work with unpaid caring responsibilities – 1 in 9 people in any workforce. This issue is also likely to become even more important in the next few years; the Government’s Refresh of the National Carers Strategy: Recognised, Valued and Supported acknowledges that by 2017, we will reach the tipping point when the numbers of older people needing care will outstrip the numbers of working age family members. Research by Carers UK and Ipsos (MORI) indicates that as many as 1 in 6 carers give up, or cut back work, to care. This is generating an unwelcome financial impact on businesses faced with losing skilled employees in whom they have already made a considerable investment.

Caring is an issue which faces all of us. Changing demographics and an ageing population mean that 3 in 5 people will end up caring for someone at some point in their lives. The number of carers in the UK is set to grow from 6 million to 9 million in the next 30 years. This is an issue none of us can afford to ignore.

Joining Employers for Carers can help your organisation identify the needs of carers in the workplace, to outline the business case for their support and to provide practical and sustainable ways in which you can support them and their managers.

East Sussex County Council, in partnership with Southdown, are able to offer SME’s in East Sussex free membership to Employers for Carers, a membership forum of employers – large and small – chaired by British Gas and supported by the specialist knowledge of Carers UK who are rising to the challenge of supporting carers in their workforce.

Benefits of membership

The actual membership offer to employers provides:

  • Resource pack including: an employer’s guide which provides information on relevant legislation, practical tips and the business benefits of supporting carers at work; a carer’s guide for employees; a guide to the right to request flexible working; a manager’s handbook with practical information and support for line managers.
  • Dedicated website with password access for EfC members to a range of online practical resources including: EfC electronic guides as above; benchmarking tool; sample policies; good practice examples and case studies; information on key workplace issues including FAQs; toolkits and tips; information on the business case.
  • Latest information about legal and employment policy through e-bulletins and briefings
  • Networking and learning from the practical experience of other employers at EfC member events.
  • Resources for employees including free access to all EfC electronic guides and information on the website; complimentary online membership of Carers UK for employees who wish to take this up; and tailored lunch and learn sessions with an opportunity for individual advice sessions.
  • Access to expert consultancy and training
  • Latest news on innovations and technologies to support working carers

Ten examples of practical ways in which we support our members:

  1. Awareness raising activities (through published information or events) to encourage employees to identify themselves as carers and come forward for support.
  2. Awareness raising activities with line managers to promote understanding of caring.
  3. Training and supporting line managers to implement carer friendly policies.
  4. Engaging with carers in the workforce including developing and supporting staff carer networks (including online networks).
  5. Signposting employees to sources of workplace and external support.
  6. Providing specific information for employees on caring matters including health and disability issues, care and support services, housing, benefits and pensions.
  7. Building consideration of carers into staff recruitment and retention practices.
  8. Reviewing and ‘carer proofing’ current policies and practice.
  9. Establishing clearly identifiable sources of support and champions within the workplace.
  10. Monitoring and measuring outcomes and business benefits.

For more information on the free offer to SME’s in East Sussex please contact Paul Turk from Southdown on 07805 811186, or e-mail paul.turk@southdown.org


On 27 January the Home Office launched a new phase of the programme to tackle alcohol-related crime and health harms and create a more diverse night-time economy.

Hastings has signed up as one of the 33 areas to receive support from the government to implement their plan which will see local agencies including licensing authorities, health bodies, and police coming together with businesses to address problems caused by alcohol in the local area.

“This second round of the LAAAs is excellent news for Hastings and we welcome the opportunity to work with partners to reduce alcohol-related harm and create safe and thriving night time economies. It will build on the good work carried out in the first round in 2014 which included the local ‘Reduce the Strength Campaign’ which aimed at restricting the supply of beer, lager and cider with an alcohol by volume of over 6.5%” said Cllr Warren Davies, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for environment.

Alcohol-related crime and disorder costs an estimated £11 billion per year in England and Wales, and the government wants to support local communities in reducing the scenes of drunkenness and violence that blight communities, particularly at night.

“The project will run until January 2019, and we look forward to working with mentors and partner agencies to problem solve, share best practice and tackle the issues we face here in Hastings” added Cllr Davies.

For more information about alcohol and health visit https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/

The Hastings Big Beach Clean Up will be taking place this month. The clean up is due to take place on Sunday 23 October at Cinque Ports Way, St Leonards, near the old Stamco.

Litter picking equipment and rubbish sacks will be provided .

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i-Rock a new service for 14 -25 year olds has been launched in Hastings this week (Monday 11 July).

The new service based at Rock House, Cambridge Road offers young people help and advice with issues including, emotional wellbeing, mental health, education, employment and housing.

“I really welcome this project which is a vital link to the many services which can help with the wellbeing of young people and I am pleased that the Clinical Commissioning Group recognises the priority” said Cllr Sue Beaney, Hastings Borough Council’s mental health champion.

She added: “As a psychotherapist practising locally I am increasingly receiving referrals for younger teens and am glad the age range has been reduced to 14. It is around this age that many young people begin to suffer from uncertainties and pressure and feel alone and unsupported.  i-Rock offers services that will help young people to make sense of an increasingly unstable world and hopefully prevent the development of more serious mental health conditions”.

The wellbeing of young people in Hastings and Rother is of key importance to the Hastings Youth Council. They have been involved with the consultation process for this new service and were pleased to attend the launch and to support this project.

The service is open three days a week Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11am – 7pm on a drop-in basis.

Hastings Pier have announced that pioneering UK Grime act Dizzee Rascal will be playing in Hastings for the first time ever on the Pier on September 16th to open the weekender that also sees Happy Mondays & Levellers performing.

With four number one singles, four top ten albums, a Mercury Prize, a performance at the Olympic opening ceremony in 2012 and collaborations with both Calvin Harris and DJ Fresh under his belt, Dizzee Rascal has become a key name in both the UK garage scene and the international pop market.

His live show has drawn crowds from all around the world, and after a run of festival performances this summer, the Hastings Pier show is sure to be an epic affair and if this alone isn’t enticing enough, the support bill for the Dizzee Rascal show is set to be equally as incredible and is scheduled to be announced soon.

Following Dizzee Rascal’s performance on Friday night, The Happy Mondays are set to perform ‘Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’ in it’s entirety for it’s 25th anniversary on Saturday September 17th, plus a selection of greatest hits. Support on the night will come from The Orb performing ‘Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld’ in full, also for it’s 25th anniversary; and Formation, one of the most exciting new indie electronica acts of the moment.

Sunday 18th September will see Levellers perform ‘Levelling the Land’ for it’s 25th anniversary, plus a selection of greatest hits; with support from Turin Brakers who recently released their seventh album ‘Lost Property’; and the Nottingham folk-punk outfit Ferocious Dog.

For holiday makers at the moment it seems that more and more people are no longer booking a week in the sun and choosing to pack up their suitcases and come to Hastings and enjoy what our lovely local town has to offer. Hastings-1

This week Hastings has once again had another brilliant article written by Lucy in her travel blog On The Luce.

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With the weather slowly heating up and hopefully a lovely Summer on its way for Hastings, it seems that lots of tourists are visiting our local town.  Taking a stroll along the pier, visiting some of the restaurants and booking into hotels.  It seem’s that everyone wants to come and see what’s new or what’s going on at the moment, putting Hastings in the press once again and showing people how lovely it is to live here.

Lottie Smith from Rough Guides has visited Hastings to find out what makes Hastings one of Britain’s best beach breaks.Hastings

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A new report published by insurance and pension provider Standard Life has revealed the key drivers of success for UK SMEs over the next five years. Having polled both SME leaders and employees, the report highlights the fundamental trends of collaboration, empowerment and adaptability as central to growth

SME leaders said the number one priority is to empower the workforce, by building an environment that encourages creativity and innovation.

Employees agreed, stating that the most desirable quality in a business leader is the ability to empower and trust their colleagues.

The report also found that the traditional five-year business planning cycle is largely a thing of the past, with 82 per cent of SME leaders altering their strategy at least once a year and almost three fifths doing so at least every six months.

Meanwhile, 60 per cent of employees felt ‘adaptability’ is the most important attribute for professional success.

Stephen Ingledew, Standard Life Managing Director of Marketing, said: “SMEs are an important part of our client base, and we wanted to take a closer look at the behaviours these business leaders and their employees adopt to achieve success and fuel entrepreneurship.

“Our research shows that UK SMEs are strongly committed to building working environments that encourage and nurture flexibility and innovation.”

The report stated that business leaders believed that the most productive workforce can be achieved by offering employees flexible working conditions (41 per cent) and by investing in future potential (40 per cent), with training/upskilling the number one focus in the next half a decade.

Indeed, at McPhersons, our staff values our flexible working conditions. In fact, some cite this as the main reason they came to us. The work life balance is a key factor to consider and at McPhersons, staff are able to plan their working day around childcare, dog-walking, socialising and other interests.

With employees at every level of qualification and some with us for over 40 years, we understand that development and support with study and qualification are vital as well as necessary for staff retention.

The majority (69 per cent) of leaders also believe the role of CEO/MD will become more diverse and accessible to their workforce in the future, it is a position that is still seen as out of reach by many employees, with 56 per cent expecting promotion to CEO to become far more challenging over the next five years.

Stephen Ingledew added: “SMEs are generally very outward-looking and focused on retaining strong core values which help them attract and retain the best talent.

“The research indicates that they regard positive contributions to society as an important measure of success, and that they carefully consider how their decisions impact their broader industry, their people and their communities.”

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Once again Hastings is in the press this week with another article from the Independent.

Hastings Old Town has been described at the cool place of the day, with The Stade, the Jerwood Gallery, the Castle and of course the brand new pier.

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Hastings really does seem like the place to live at the moment.  Already this year the town has seen the opening of the new skatepark Source. Madness front man Suggs visiting the pier to lay down the last plank and finally  the reopening of the pier last month, not to mention another successful May Day Bank Holiday.Hastings Pier

With more exciting things happening to our seaside town, it seems that finally Hastings is becoming the place where everyone wants to be and what more and more people are talking about.

The Express have recently written a brilliant article on Hastings, Hip and happening: Hastings is the new Shoreditch on-Sea

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