We rely almost exclusively on voluntary donations to sustain our work, which is why your support is so invaluable and really does make a difference in enabling us to grow our services and reach more of the 7 million carers in the UK.
On behalf of the 398,000 carers we help each year, we would like to thank all of our donors for their support. Grants from charitable trusts and foundations, the Big Lottery Fund, Peoples Health Trust, Comic Relief and Government bodies play a key role in enabling us to operate and make a difference where it is needed the most for carers in the UK – whether it be through our network of carers’ centres, or our campaigns for equal access to services and much needed breaks.
Below are some examples of the Charitable Trusts, Statutory and Lottery organisations that support our work:
Pears Foundation is a British family foundation rooted in Jewish values. Its work is concerned with positive identity and citizenship. A supporter since 2002, the Pears Foundation has made a vital contribution to the progress of The Trust in a number of key areas. For example, their investment enabled the initial design and development of YCNet, they have contributed funding towards our policy work since 2006, and in 2011 they made a significant two-year pledge to our Bursary Funds.
People's Health Trust is an independent charity that works to address health inequalities across Great Britain. It distributes money raised by 51 society lotteries through The Health Lottery, supporting people to grow, live, work and age well.
Since October 2011, People’s Health Trust has awarded Carers Trust funding totalling £1,872m to deliver a programme focused on improving carers’ health and well-being. This new money is being used to support projects in 40 local carers’ centres and schemes across England, Scotland and Wales.
These local projects aim to provide significant support to either young adult carers (16–24 years old) or older carers (aged 60+), by giving them a space to connect with other people going through similar experiences. The projects also provide carers with a break from their caring roles and give them practical support in developing life skills with an ultimate aim of improving physical health and emotional well-being.
Marsh Award for Carers. In 2011, Carers Trust and The Marsh Christian Trust developed an Award in partnership to support carers by recognising their outstanding contributions. It identifies carers or former carers for their impact as volunteers rather than their caring role.
Awards are made to those who have contributed to supporting other carers in activities such as working in their local carers’ centre, hosting carers groups, providing advice and information, fundraising or contributing to the website.
The Marsh Award for Carers consists of 9 regional awards, covering the 9 regions Carers Trust currently works in, and one overall national winner. Each regional winner is awarded £250 and a certificate; and the overall winner receives an additional £350.
"We are delighted to support such an excellent cause providing vital support for adult and young carers throughout the UK"
The Gwyneth Forrester Trust
Following are some examples from different countries in the UK:
The Scottish Young Carers Festival (SYCF) is an annual event that brings together young carers from all across Scotland for a weekend of fun, respite and the opportunity to have their say on what would make things better for Scotland’s young carers.
The SYCF which is funded by the Scottish Government first took place in 2008. It is organised by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Scotland (part of Carers Trust) and supported by other national carer and children organisations. The 2012 Festival brought over 600 young carers together from across 37 young carers services in Scotland. The Scottish Government provided extra funding to allow the Festival to run for an extra night, something that has been requested by the young carers since the SYCF began.
This year 25 political guests attended to take part in a political speed question session that allowed the young carers to tell the decision makers directly how they could improve things for Scottish young carers. This year the guests included the Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson, Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance, Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People Tam Baillie and the Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Andrew Robertson. We also had guests from Norway and Ireland attend who were keen to see the Festival in action and hear more about the services and initiatives available for young carers in Scotland.
Building Sustainable Carers Support Services across Southern England
Prior to 2008 the South West, South East and the Midlands regions of England were poorly developed and had little or no carers’ support services available. A five year grant from The Big Lottery Basis Fund has enabled us to appoint three Development Managers to provide training, support, advice and networking opportunities to carers’ centres in the underdeveloped regions.
We are currently in the final year of delivering this work and are currently supporting 29 carers’ centres across the South East, South West and Midlands.
As a result of the work of the Development Managers, there has been a 24% increase in the number of adult carers and 16% in the number of young carers in touch with carers’ centres in these regions for the first time.
Our support to the Network is only possible thanks to a grant from the Welsh Government which allows us to support 9 Crossroads Care schemes and 7 carers’ centres.
Carers Trust in Wales will ensure that through our local Network Partners our coverage in Wales is comprehensive and reaches many rural communities and hard to reach groups. We currently have coverage across all of the 22 local authority areas in Wales. Across the network we have contact with nearly 25,000 families with caring responsibilities, but there are still many more we need to reach. The latest figures from the 2011 census reveals that Wales still has the highest percentage of residents who are providing care compared with any other region in England.
The population of Wales is approx. 3.1 million, and of this 370,000 are carers (12%), or one person in every eight, and carers provide 96% of all community care in Wales.
Our Network Partners provide a range of services that covers from early intervention and preventative work through to end of life care.
The Wales Team consists of the Director of Wales, Regional Business and External Affairs Manager, 2 Network Liaison Managers, an Executive Assistant and a Carers and Employment Co-Ordinator. The team provides a comprehensive support mechanism to Network Partners therefore ensuring the voice of carers in Wales is heard.