The Care Workers' Charity
There are almost 2 million care workers in the UK, and the workforce looks after some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The role is both rewarding and challenging, requiring compassion, patience and resilience. Care work is the backbone of our society- those who work in social care protect and nurture an ageing population, that continues to grow year on year.
In spite of their incredible work; care and support workers often battle a complex array of challenges including, but not limited to;
- In work poverty – a shocking 43% of care workers are paid below the Real Living Wage compared to 23% of the general population
- Mental ill health: 79% expressed feelings of being ‘close to burnout’ – and this was even prior to the devastating onset of Covid-19
- Outside of work caring responsibilities such as childcare, and that of looking after elderly relatives – unpaid, this adds to the stress and responsibilities many care workers face in their daily lives
The Care Workers’ Charity was founded in 2009 with the objective of preventing care workers from falling into financial hardship. For over a decade, the charity has supported individuals working in social care with crisis grants. In providing these grants we know we change lives, providing a safety net for care workers who have nowhere else to turn.
The Care Workers’ Charity currently offers the following grants streams;
- Crisis Care Grants: helping care workers who have no financial cushion to overcome experiences of crisis, and to prevent the spiral into financial hardship.
- Covid-19 Emergency Grants: supporting care workers who have to self-isolate and/or shield on little to no sick pay, covering funeral costs, and the cost of additional childcare incurred as a result of the pandemic
- Mental Health Grants & Support: a forthcoming programme that will facilitate the delivery of bespoke mental health support to care workers who can’t access or afford it- paid for by The Care Workers’ Charity.
The Care Workers’ Charity distributed over £2m to care sector workers in need since March. There has never been a greater need for the support offered by The Care Workers’ Charity, and demand has increased by 1,000%.
We need your help to enable us to keep providing this vital lifeline to our social care heroes who urgently need and deserve our support. We are keen to partner with even more fantastic social care leaders and organisations to support our workforce through this devastating pandemic.
Get in touch with The Care Workers’ Charity today; firstname.lastname@example.org