We Need To Talk About Caring
Whether it’s short-term or long-term. Whether you fit caring around work or have stopped work to care for someone. Whether it’s for a parent, a sibling, a partner or a child. Caring takes many forms and has many demands. Everything must be dropped for an unexpected health crisis, plans and strategies put in place for long-term illness or as a family member gets older.
In their 2018 report State of Caring Carers UK stated, ‘It is frequently forgotten or, perhaps worse, taken for granted that the majority of care provided in the UK doesn’t come from the NHS or from care homes. It comes in the form of unpaid care that relatives, friends and neighbours provide.’
Carers UK also cite a pattern of these unpaid carers not identifying with their caring status and therefore not talking about their situation and struggling in silence.
This is why We Need To Talk About Caring. We want to help people acknowledge and recognise the caring they do, or have done in the past. We want to know how best to support these people providing care who work, have worked or want to return to work within the screen industries. We want to gather the primary research we need to lobby for recognition, change and the establishing of support structures and mechanisms for those providing care.
We Need To Talk About Caring is a survey into carers’ experiences from within the screen industries in the UK. Your feedback is vital to our future plans and we appreciate you spending the time to share your experiences and opinions.
Please do encourage other carers you know who are working, or have worked in the screen industries to contribute as well. Use the SHARE function at the bottom of the screen.
Am I a carer?
To help answer this let’s use the simple definition of a carer as anyone who spends time ‘looking after someone’…
- Looking after someone can mean helping with personal care or mobility.
- Looking after someone can involve offering practical help like shopping and preparing meals.
- Looking after someone can mean taking responsibility for arranging and co-ordinating their professional care such as organising and attending their medical appointments and helping them with their medication.
- Looking after someone can mean dealing with their paperwork and life admin, providing emotional support and supporting them with leisure activities.
- Looking after someone is normally unpaid work.
As with the Making It Possible and Raising Our Game interventions Raising Films aims to bring caring to the front and centre of conversations within the screen industries.
Raising Films is seeking pledges from within the industry – across all areas and levels – from those striving towards and showing commitment to making the fundamental changes needed to support carers working in film and TV. We’re talking hiring and HR practices to significant infrastructure changes. All pledges will receive the Raising Films kitemark to display online, offline and on screen. Raising Films will promote these pledges – highlighting them across all our marketing channels.
We anticipate three areas of focus for the final We Need To Talk About Caring report; legislative, pragmatic and cultural. As with our other surveys and reports, for example the checklists generated via Raising Our Game, we aim to use the outcomes from We Need To Talk About Caring to inform, educate, inspire and provoke change.
“During production I was supporting and caring for a dear relative with Parkinson’s disease, something that was without question and that I would do again in a heartbeat. So I know first-hand how difficult it can be, to provide a sufficient level of care whilst working, and a level of care that, even then never felt enough.”
“My career has been intermittent lately because of my caring and childcare responsibilities. My partner had cancer and then a stroke so I have been caring for him as well as my children.”