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Carers UK - Carers UK

Working together to make the lives of carers better

As part of our One Day Changes Lives campaign on 22 January, the UK’s national membership charity for unpaid carers, Carers UK, helped us to reach out to carers across the country with information about the grant-giving charities they can turn to during difficult times.

We felt this was important as 1 in 8 adults (around 6.5 million people) in the UK are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill. Every day another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility, and with our aging population, this figure will only continue to increase. Many people do not realise they are a carer and all the support that could be available to them. 

Although caring can be a positive and rewarding experience for many, there are also a lot of reasons why carers struggle on a day-to-day basis and need additional support. Caring can lead to financial difficulties if the carer, or person they are looking after, has to leave their work or reduce their hours and they face additional costs such as care services and assistive equipment alongside higher living costs. Caring can be physically and emotionally exhausting.  Carers can drift apart from friends and experience breakdowns in relationships leading to a growing sense of isolation.

Carers UK and charity partnerships

Carers UK works to make life better for carers, and partnerships with a wide range of charities are key.

One of our member charities, The Charity for Civil Servants, has been working closely with Carers UK to develop and launch a co-branded Digital Resource for carers for the Civil Service community.  This brought together Carers UK’s e-learning and information resources and tools, the Jointly App that supports communication and coordination between those who share the care, and the Charity’s own resources for carers including their grants application form.

"We are delighted to be working in partnership with Carers UK to offer this resource to the Civil Service community. We know from experience that having access to the right information at the right time is one of the biggest challenges carers face. We hope that the Carers’ Digital Resource will go some way to meeting that need and empowering carers as they go about their lives.” Linda Eades, Head of Caring and Health Services, The Charity for Civil Servants.

“The combination of higher costs and lower incomes can push carers and their families into financial crisis and lasting debt, and the pressures of caring can take a toll on a carers’ physical and mental health. We therefore welcome all opportunities to work in partnership with other charities and find ways to deliver responsive, targeted support services that make life better for carers.” - Emma Aldridge, Carer Support Director, Carers UK

If you are interested in discussing collaboration ideas with Carers UK, from researching and campaigning to help bring about lasting change for carers, to innovating to find new ways to reach carers with information and support, please contact Emma Aldridge, Carer Support Director at emma.aldridge@carersuk.org.

With thanks to Carers UK for this article. 

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Useful Links:

Carers UK information for carers - carersuk.org/help-and-advice

Jointly app - carersuk.org/jointly

The Charity for Civil Servants - foryoubyyou.org.uk