The latest piece of industry research from Raising Films – We Need To Talk About Caring – is aimed at people who are working, or who have worked, in the screen industries and who currently have caring responsibilities or have had caring responsibilities in the past.
From initial desk research Raising Films recognised a number of issues. Primarily that people are not acknowledging their caring status and within the screen industries this can stem from the ‘I need to be constantly available’ mind-set inherent with a freelance gig economy through to the lack of established structures within the industry to access support from employers. Secondly, while there is a general understanding of childcare responsibilities, the demands of providing care are less widely understood and discussed. According to Carers UK, this ‘silence’ about the level of people’s caring status within the workforce has a negative affect on their overall wellbeing.
Raising Films want to help people within the screen industries acknowledge and recognise the caring they do (or have done in the past) and want to hear how best to support these people providing care who work, have worked or want to return to work within the screen industries. They want to hear from people who are working, or who have worked, in the screen industries, across all roles and areas and who also have or have had caring responsibilities.
The We Need To Talk About Caring survey will launch the week commencing 11 March 2019 and close on Friday 19 April. A resulting report will be launched in early June, to coincide with Carers Week 2019.
Find out more about Raising Films’ research and the We Need To Talk About Caring survey here.