Monday, 11 June 2012 12:58
One more Jubilee round of applause….
We have celebrated the Queen’s quite momentous Diamond Jubilee with street parties in the rain, criticized the BBC for their mind-numbingly dull coverage of the Thames pageant, and finally taken down the bunting adorning our homes.
But let us not quite forget the event without one more round of applause, this time for Sainsbury’s which filled its Pageant boat with more than 100 employees who have caring responsibilities.
Sainsbury’s was the first major corporate partner to get involved with the Jubilee pageant, and it would have been so easy for the event to have been a jolly jaunt for executives and cronies.
Instead it said well done to some of the unsung heroes among its staff, and we say well done to Sainsbury’s.
The company says that one in eight of its people have caring responsibilities.
The company has trialled a major initiative to help identify and support the nation's hidden carers in partnership with the Department of Health. This involved Sainsbury's colleagues working with local Health Trusts to develop skills to identify customers who have caring responsibilities and put them in touch with local agencies who can offer support.
Pharmacists working in Sainsbury's stores also received coaching to help identify customers who provide care for ill or disabled loved ones. Apparently 85% of prescriptions nationwide are not collected by the patient. More details on the hidden carers trial is at www.carersuk.org.