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Care Workers Charity shares its wider vision

February 18, 2019

The Care Workers Charity has released its annual Impact Report, showcasing the difference the charity has made to the wellbeing of care workers in the UK in 2018.

Richard Muncaster, the charity’s chief executive, said too many care workers weren’t receiving the respect they deserved as skilled and dedicated professionals delivering vital services in demanding circumstances.

“Our grants are a vital service – but the truth is that the problem we face cannot be fixed by grants alone,” said Mr Muncaster.

“We know that too many care workers are leaving the profession because they can’t make ends meet, and we know that too many care workers are contending with complex mental and physical health conditions, without getting the support they need.”

While the distribution of one-off hardship grants is currently CWC’s core mission, the report showcases the charity’s aim for grant distribution to be more than a transaction. Throughout 2018 it directed 511 individuals to organisations and services specialising in mental and physical health support, such as Macmillan, FitForWork, Women’s Aid and BBC Children in Need. The charity will continue working closely with other organisations to address the embedded complexities in the lives of their beneficiaries that stretch beyond immediate financial need.

The report demonstrates the charity’s commitment to the volunteer Champions’ programme. CWC will be diversifying its volunteering offer by increasing micro-volunteering opportunities and producing a wider range of resources for volunteer Champions. The most dedicated volunteer Champions were celebrated at the CWC Awards 2018.

The report also highlights a significant raising of the charity’s profile – its efforts were recognised at the 2018 Charity Times Awards where CWC won ‘Change Project of the Year’ and at the Third Sector Awards, where the charity was shortlisted in ‘Charity Chief Executive of the Year’ category.

The Care Workers Charity was founded in 2009 with the objective of supporting current and former care workers with one-off hardship grants. In 2018 it has awarded more than £150,000 in grants to almost 400 care workers – nearly four times as many people as in 2017. In 2019 it plans to award £250,000.

The year in numbers:

– 383 hardship grants awarded £156,629 distributed in grants

– 386% increase in the number of grant applications

– 511 grant applicants signposted to relevant services and support

  • The Care Workers Charity report can also be viewed at: https://www.thecareworkerscharity.org.uk/our-impact

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