How to Register

You can register online now for free or call the My Family Care team on 0845 676 7690


adult and child hands on top of each other My Family Care services are designed to meet the challenges that working parents and carers face and gives access to a wide range of back up services, advice  and information. From specialist one-to one advice from experts, online resources, webinars to news updates, it is everything you need, all in one place.

 

What My Family Care can do for you

Organise:

  • Emergency childcare
  • School holiday cover
  • Backup adult and eldercare

please note that the above mentioned care is available at a cost, payable by you at time of booking

You also have access to:

  • Webinars for parents and carers
    covering a broad range of Work+Family topics helping you to get to grips positively with the issues and challenges of combining work and family life. You can find and book them online
  • a Work+Family Expert
    friendly, experienced experts to help with the challenges of combining work and family from questions about care to dealing with emotional, practical, parenting, care or work related issues.
  • News Digest 
    news, editorial, research, insight, opinion, trends, polls and surveys, keeping busy working parents and carers up to date with things that matter most
  • On Our Minds 
    an extensive library of downloadable guides makes it easy to access the right information on a range of Work+Family issues
  • Childcare Search
    help and support for working parents and parents-to be when they need a trusted ongoing childcare solution. Childcare Search is available at a cost to the individual employee.
  • Adult and eldercare search 
    help and support to people with adult and eldercare commitments when they need to find trusted long term care. available at a cost to the individual)

 If you have any questions, please email Su Nandy, Senior HR Manager at: s.nandy@imperial.ac.uk.

 

News

Mindfulness with My Family Care

During Mental Health Awareness Week in May, My Family Care ran an event on Mindfulness for Imperial College staff. “Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally,” says mindfulness guru, Jon Kabat-Zinn. Some of the common challenges to being mindful including rushing, operating on autopilot, and balancing the number of demands on our time like work and caring for others.  1 in 9 people in the workplace are juggling caring responsibilities including for children, elders and sometimes both. In the UK this is expected to rise by 40 per cent by 2037 (Carers UK, 2016) and presents a real concern for wellbeing and productivity for individuals and organisations. Many of those that attended the session said they found it helpful to know that they were not the only ones facing certain challenges and that hearing from others with similar issues was very reassuring. Walking, driving, eating, or even preparing children for bedtime were all identified as opportunities to practise mindfulness and we left the session with three next steps: to focus on breaking unhelpful habits, to start to develop our practice of mindfulness, and to learn to step back within the moment.

For more advice on mindfulness and other tips for managing work and family life, access the Work + Family Space from the 'Register online' link above.  The College runs regular mindfulness meditation classes and provides a range of support for staff health and wellbeing.