Family Carers Ireland: Invitation to Quote
Invitation to quote for the provision of employment specialist / career coaching services for Family Carers Ireland ‘Working Care Out’ Project
‘Working Care Out’ is a new initiative of Family Carers Ireland (FCI), delivered with funding approved by Government with support from the Dormant Accounts Fund.
Taking on caring responsibilities while also working in paid employment or being in full-time education can present significant challenges for family carers. Recent research undertaken by FCI shows that half (55%, n=1,250) of carers had left employment to care, citing stress, time pressures and a lack of supports as drivers. One respondent said “I miss work and the social aspect of it very much”. Whilst FCI’s Caring Employers programme works with a number of large employers to enable the retention of the 57% of carers in Ireland who are in the labour force (CSO, 2016); research and evidence from our ongoing work with carers suggests the need for supports for those out of the workforce, especially since working carers are not as exposed to some of the risks of caring e.g. isolation and the negative psychological impacts. Young and young adult carers also often experience various economic and social disadvantages and difficulties, including restricted educational opportunities and employment and difficulties in meeting the demands on them in third-level education. Evidence from our established Young Carer Programme echoes these findings, emphasising the need to identify young adults under the most burden who are adversely affected and in urgent need of help not to support their caring activities but to support them and their mental health, education, and other ways in which they are impacted.
The Working Care Out project aims address these issues by identifying and supporting current and former family carers engaging in employment activation and/or education by assessing their wellbeing and delivering tailored interventions to support a sustainable care, work and/or education routine. Using a strengths-based approach, the Working Care Out Project Manager will support approximately 125 family carers aged under 65 (including young adult carers aged 18-25 and former family carers) who are preparing for, or who are engaged in, employment activation and/or education. Each person will work with the project manager to complete the Carers Outcome Star, with a view to developing a person-centred action plan. This plan may involve referral of the person to an employment specialist / career coach.
Invitation to quote
Family Carers Ireland is now seeking quotations for the provision of services from a suitably qualified and experienced employment specialist / career coach who will support Family Carers Ireland to implement the Working Care Out Project.
Please see the document attached below for further information.
The closing date for submission is Friday 5th March 2021 at midnight. Completed submissions should be sent by email to email@example.com with the email subject line reading QUOTATION FOR PROVISION EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST / CAREER COACHING SERVICES on or before the closing date.