We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.
We do this with Network Partners – a unique network of 116 independent carers centres, 55 Crossroads Care schemes and 99 young carers services. Together we are united by a shared vision for carers – to make sure that quality assured information, advice and practical support are available to all carers across the UK.
Our vision is of a world where the role and contribution of unpaid carers is recognised and they have access to the trusted quality support and services they need to live their own lives.
Often carers are isolated and have no one to turn to if they suddenly cannot look after the person they care for. When emergencies happen, we can provide practical support quickly with our ‘Carers in Crisis’ scheme.
We rely entirely on the generosity of individual donations to help continue our work. Without your help thousands of carers face a life of isolation that can be mentally, physically and financially draining.
There are an estimated 500,000 young carers in the UK, carers under 18 whose tasks may include any, or all of, the following.
• Physical care, such as lifting, helping a parent on stairs or with physiotherapy.
• Personal care, such as dressing, washing, helping with toileting needs.
• Managing the family budget, collecting benefits and prescriptions.
• Administering medication.
• Looking after or “parenting” younger siblings.
• Emotional support.
• Interpreting, due to a hearing or speech impairment or because English is not the family’s first language.
Today, seven million people are carers – that is one in ten of us. But over the next 30 years, as more of us live for longer, the number of carers will increase to nearly eleven million. You may be a carer yourself, or one day, either you or someone you are close to, may need the support of Carers Trust.
Your gift of a legacy can help to free carers from coping alone; giving them the practical, financial and emotional support that will make their lives that little bit easier. A donation of any size can really make a difference to our ability to help all carers across the UK. A lasting gift, a legacy allows the causes you feel passionate about in life to continue long into the future.
Senior Fundraising Manager