We are supporting Carers Week 2024


It is Carers Week and this year’s theme is ‘putting carers on the map’. We want to get a conversation going about the vital work that carers of all ages in our community do to support family and friends who couldn’t manage without their help, and how we can assist customers and colleagues who work here at FCHO, who may have caring responsibilities.

What is a carer?

A carer is anyone who looks after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, addiction, or who needs extra help as they grow older.

The impact of caring on all aspects of life - from relationships and health, to finances, work and opportunities - can be significant and the challenges shouldn’t be underestimated.

That’s why we are taking this opportunity to help carers in Oldham and across our workforce to access the right information and support.

Local support for carers

  • Oldham Council’s Carers Services can provide a host of assistance. This includes entitlement to benefits, equipment and assistive technologies, one-to-one practical and emotional support, signposting / referrals to Social Services and other providers and much more. Find out more about Oldham Council Carers’ service.
  • Oldham Council’s Oldham Young Carers Project provides respite, one-to-one support and information to young carers aged between 8-18 years and their families living in the Oldham area. Read more about Oldham Council’s Oldham Young Carers Project.
  • Our Community Services teams here at FCHO are also on hand if you need advice on the best ways to access help and support available to you. Email communityservices@fcho.co.uk or call 0161 393 7117.

Supporting members of our team with caring responsibilities

We recognise that some colleagues who work at our organisation are unpaid carers outside of their role at FCHO - supporting dependents including partners, children, parents and others with a long-term care need.

Family and loved ones come first and as part of our work to be a great company, we have processes in place to help colleagues balance caring responsibilities with working for us and looking after their health and wellbeing.

Find out more about working at FCHO, plus details of current vacancies to join team FCHO.