The value of unpaid care was estimated at £530 million per day and £193 billion per year during the pandemic.
With the current cost of living crisis, carers are facing unprecedented pressure on their finances: a quarter of carers (25%) are cutting back on essentials like food or hearing and 63% are extremely worried about managing their monthly costs. Caring comes with additional costs that can have a significant impact on carers’ finances and many carers suffer financial hardship. 44% of working-age adults who are caring for 35 hours or more a week are in poverty. Carer's Allowance is the main carer's benefit and is £69.70 for a minimum of 35 hours. It is the lowest benefit of its kind. In the UK, 977,506 carers were in receipt of Carer’s Allowance in 2022.
Caring can have a significant impact on health and wellbeing. 60% of carers report a long-term health condition or disability compared to 50% non-carers. Over a quarter of carers (29%) feel lonely often or always. There is increasing evidence that caring should be considered a social determinant of health.
On average, 600 people a day leave work to care – with over 500,000 people leaving work to provide unpaid care pre-pandemic. 75% of carers in employment worry about continuing to juggle work and care. 1 in 3 NHS staff provide unpaid care. Between 2010 and 2020, more than 1.9 million people in paid employment became unpaid carers every year.
To provide at least one significant activity each calendar year to recognise the value of those that provide care for people in our communities.
Helping those that care for people in our communities to connect and support each other through formal and informal introductions.
As professionals in the community, the knowledge and skills you possess could be vital to the success of the events that are run locally.
Can you provide expertise in planning an event?
Whilst an organisation might provide their venue at a reduced rate, they invariable cannot do so for free. So just putting people in a room costs money!
Can your organisation pledge to cover costs of any part of an event?
Nothing happens without people spending time organising matters to ensure they go off without a hitch. Equally, some people will be needed on the day to help run events.
Can you or your organisation provide support before, during or after the event?
An informal gathering for up to 50 people with a complimentary drink in the Newnham Club.
A skittles competition.
A tapas/canapes style light meal.
A free entry raffle.
We need an organisation to cover the costs of a glass of bubbly/orange on arrival.
We need organisation(s) to cover the costs directly with the venue or supplier.
We shall open the process to unpaid or paid people delivering care to people in our communities. Examples of possible target people are:
The nomination process is now open.