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#ThinkCarers in Norfolk

Ann Hacon and mum

Last year Norfolk County Council launched a charter which aims to protect the thousands of unpaid carers in Norfolk. We want to encourage organisations to have policies in place to protect carers and help them to stay employed whilst looking after their loved one.

Ann Hacon works for Norfolk County Council. Her mum had dementia and Ann cared for her for five years. The carer friendly policies in place for employees helped her to stay in her job.

“When mum was diagnosed with dementia my manager was very supportive which made everything much easier. I used the council’s flexible working policy to work from home at hours to fit around mum’s needs. As time went on there were a lot more appointments and occasions when she needed my support, so to help with this I bought extra annual leave days. Towards the end of mum’s life, balancing everything became a real struggle but I took a career break and had three months off. Knowing I could return to the job I love, at a time that suited me, took away a huge worry.”

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