We know that roughly 1 in 10 people are unpaid carers supporting a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.
Carers say access to information, financial support and respite care are essential to help them maintain their own health and quality of life, but this basic support is not always available. With growing numbers of carers, especially older carers, the support they need to continue this vital unpaid role has never been more important.
Our grants strategy between 2016 and 2020 recognised the enormity of the task voluntary organisations have in reaching out to carers. We focused our support on providing Development Grants for specialist carer organisations to enable them to become more resilient and sustainable in the long term.
Carer grants awarded
Carer grants 2020
Covid-19 led to a different focus for our funding. We made emergency grants to 29 organisations.
Carer grants 2019
Bridgend Carers Centre
Carers Support Merton
Harrow Carers Centre
Newcastle Carers, North Tyneside Carers’ Centre and Carers Northumberland
Carer grants 2018
Greenwich Carers Centre
Promas Caring for the People CIC
Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource
Kinship Care Midlothian SCIO