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At Carers UK, we work for a society which respects,values and supports carers. To achieve this we need businesses like yours on board.

Why does caring matter to your business?

One in nine employees in your workplace could be carers. Three million people in the UK are currently juggling working and caring. Over the next two decades, the number of carers in the UK is expected to grow to 9 million.

As this happens, organisations will need to adapt to recognise and support staff who are also carers, making it possible for them to stay in work. 

Every business is different – so each of our partnerships is too. We'd love to talk to you about some of the ways we might be able to work together. Take a look at some of these examples of popular opportunities we offer.

Can't find what you're looking for? Don't hesitate to contact us on 0207 378 4986

Why Carers UK?

Partnering with a trusted national charity that is supported by a team of over 900 passionate volunteers reaches in to the heart of local communities allows your business to:

  • Develop your staff's skills, including communication, teamwork and more
  • Increase customer loyalty
  • Attract, motivate and retain staff
  • Increase brand awareness and strengthen your brand
  • Increase sales by associating new products and services with a good cause
  • Help integrate local communities with our brand and yours
  • Any support your company gives will have a big impact.

How we can support you

Over 2 million people have given up work at some point to care for loved ones, 3 million have reduced working hours 

We believe we have the right resources to understand your business, engage with your employees and tailor a bespoke partnership.

You will be supported by:

  • A dedicated account manager who will set out objectives for the partnership, inspire you with ideas and be in regular contact keeping you informed on all aspects of the partnership
  • The knowledge and expertise of our teams both at our head office and national offices in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast
  • Our comms & press team, who will help you engage with our strong Facebook community and dedicated supporters on Twitter
  • Tailored fundraising materials, from collection tins and T-shirts to posters and balloons.

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Strategic Partnerships

Sponsorship opportunities

We are delighted to offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities that can be tailored to suit your business objectives, from special events to national campaigns such as Carers Rights Day and Carers Week. Each year we also produce a number of reports including our Carers Rights Day which shows the reality of what its like to care for family, friend or loved one.

From our carefully selected sponsorship packages, your company will be able to:

• Raise brand awareness and preference

• Drive positive PR and raise awareness of business activities

• Provide attractive content for a range of products and services

• Build emotional commitment to your brand

Cause related marketing Campaigns

Through cause-related marketing campaigns, we will not only support carers across the UK, but we will provide your business with the opportunity to:

• Increase sales

• Engage new customers while retaining existing ones

• Gain positive association with a recognised charity

• Strengthen brand awareness & create positive PR opportunities

• Make a tangible difference.

We are a forward thinking, innovative charity and we will strive to create a relevant and engaging campaign for you and your customers.

Make us your Charity of the Year and we'll make it a year to remember.

If you choose Carers UK as your Charity of the Year, we will work with you to create a bespoke calendar of engaging events, tailored to help meet your business goals and corporate social responsibility needs. This is a great opportunity to unite your staff behind a worthwhile cause that they can identify with and feel passionate about. We will be on hand to advise how your staff can get involved in fundraising activities, volunteering time and skills, events, challenges and more.


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Employee engagement

Increasingly, companies are seeing the benefits of working with a charity partner for multiple years, embedding the partnership within the organisation's culture to deliver mutually beneficial results with a lasting legacy.

As a partner we can offer you a range of different resources for your employees including:

  • Lunch and learns
  • Research
  • Toolkits
  • Management support
  • Digital resources 
  • And more...

The more your staff get engaged with our partnership, the more powerful it will be. Whether they want to raise money for us, or donate their time and skills, we can suggest a package of exciting, meaningful activities to put your staff right at the heart of our work.

There are plenty of fun ways for your staff to raise money to support our work. An easy way to get started is hosting a Pop the Kettle On; you could also test your colleagues in an Apprentice-style challenge or even set up a five-a-side football or netball tournament. See more of our fundraising challenges here.

Volunteering opportunities

Your time, skills and experience can help us make sure no one has to care alone. 

We have a dedicated team of volunteers working across the UK to improve services, support carers, campaign, fundraise and raise awareness of caring.

As a volunteer we will support you to use your existing skills and develop new ones while helping to make life better for carers and their loved ones.

See our volunteering opportunities here

We'd love to help you come up with or develop great fundraising ideas that relate to your business and can be applied in your work environment.

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Other ways you can help

Donate prizes

Raffles or competitions are a popular way to raise funds so we are always looking for prizes from our networks. Whether it’s vouchers, signed merchandise, a meal for two or a trip away, if you can we would love to credit you for your donation.

Gifts In Kind

By giving a Gift in kind, your company can support Carers UK through donating:

• Products

• Services

• Professional advice

Gifts in kind are a great way to utilise your company's assets and professional skills, while achieving your Corporate Social Responsibility goals. By giving a Gift in kind, you will help us save valuable time and resources., This enables us to spend more time fundraising effectively, so even more money can be spent on our vital research.

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It’s completely up to you to define how you and your business decide to give and how much. Be creative on how it works best to achieve the business benefits you want, at the same time as doing good. Here are a few examples to get you started:

Turn your time directly into money. For example: "Instead of the team volunteering a day to dig a garden, we’ll do what we’re really good at for a day, and donate the money instead."

A % portion or specific figure that you’d like to donate from a project. For example: "We’ll donate 5% of the profit from this project" or "we’ll donate £500 from this project."

The money made from a specific Work for Good promotion event. For example: "We’ll donate the first month’s fee from every new subscriber to our service this month."

A portion of the extra money you make when you and your team do well. For example: "If we beat our quarterly sales target, we’ll give 5% of any extra profit."


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Join Employers for Carers

The number of carers in the UK could increase by 50% to 9.1 million by 2037. As a result, more people will be combining work and caring, and doing this for longer.

There has never been a more important time to focus on the benefits of retaining skilled workers rather than incurring the costs of recruiting and retraining new staff.

At the heart of Employers for Carers is a leadership group of employers, large and small, who are already rising to the challenge of supporting carers in their workforce and have a wealth of good practice and experience to share.

What does EfC do?

• Provide advice and support for employers seeking to develop carer friendly policy and practice and retain skilled workers.

• Identify and promote the business benefits of supporting carers in the workplace.

• Influence government and employment policy and practice to create a culture which supports carers in and into work.

What do you get when you join?

Employers for Carers membership benefits include:

• Dedicated resources, guides and practical advice for managers and carers including case studies, model policies, FAQs and tools and tips.

• Bringing our expertise into your business, through a free information or strategy session, our popular ‘lunch and learn’ events and additional consultancy and training services.

• Opportunity to share and learn from other employers including at our regular member networking events.


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Trek

Taking part in a challenge event is a great way to fundraise for Carers UK. As a charity, we rely on the support of people like you to help us make life better for carers. Here’s a few treks and walking challenges that you could get involved in.

If you have your own place on a trek that’s not on this list, give us a call on 020 7378 4986 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – we’d love to support you.

UK Challenges

Three Peaks Challenge

Various dates throughout the year

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There are several different challenge providers that run 3 Peaks Challenge trips throughout the year. Though each trip varies in timing and what is included in the trip, all will take you on a trekking tour around the UK, where you will conquer the highest mountains in Great Britain: Ben Nevis, near Glen Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Snowdon in North Wales. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 020 7378 4986.


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Cotswold Way Challenge

Various dates throughout the year

 

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The Cotswold Way provides a stunning setting for this new and testing challenge - with some fantastic views enroute and some tough hills in between! It's a Saturday morning start from historic Bath, and ahead lies 100km of footpaths and trails before the Cheltenham finish line – where an overwhelming sense of elation awaits and  a big celebration!

Whether you're a keen walker and new to endurance events, or even a marathon runner looking to up the distance - the journey will be unforgettable. With some training and determination anyone can take on the Cotswold Way - so join us for a real challenge in 2018


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International Challenges

 Kilimanjaro Trek

Various dates throughout the year

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Follow in the footsteps of Comic Relief's celebrity trekkers and climb Kilimanjaro. Experience dramatic African scenery, spot native wildlife and take on the challenge of conquering one of the world's greatest mountains. The trek starts in the rainforests of Lemosho Glades and heads upwards towards Shira Plateau. From here you’ll catch a glimpse of our goal: Kibo, Kilimanjaro's main, ice-capped peak. You continue via the beautiful Southern Flank, Barranco Wall and Barafu Route. Temperatures drop at night, allowing you to enjoy the crisp, cool air under the star-studded African skies. During the days the climb gets higher, often looking down on a sea of clouds. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 020 7378 4986.


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China Trek 

 

This year, our Patrons veteran DJ and BBC radio 2 presenter Johnnie Walker MBE and his wife, Tiggy, with 11 of their friends, are walking the Great Wall of China in aid of Carers UK.

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To find out more and to make a donation, visit the Walkers' justgiving page, or the entire team's page.


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Carers UK’s fourth creative writing competition has once again provided so many insightful and moving perspectives on the diversity of the caring experience. This year, we particularly welcomed poems and stories on theme of ‘This was not in the plan’, and for the first time we asked members and the general public to submit photographs on the theme of ‘This is caring’. As part of our collaboration with the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, we also awarded The Jo Cox Poetry Prize for the poem which best addressed the issue of loneliness.

During the past four years we have received nearly 2,500 entries to our competition from experienced writers and photographers and from people who have shared the ups and downs of their caring roles for the first time. As you’ll see, these winning and commended entries address all the emotions involved in looking after a loved one and record and celebrate some of life’s most vivid, challenging and memorable moments.

We would like to thank our judges, Cheryl Moskowitz and Bella West. We are also thankful to the following organisations for promoting the competition: The Poetry Society, The Reading Agency, The Poetry Library, The Poetry School, Poetry London and The Society of Authors

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Report from our judge

'I've always associated the moment of writing with a moment of lift, of joy, of unexpected reward. (Seamus Heaney)

In caring too uplifting moments of joy and rewards can often be surprising and unexpected alongside alongside moments of pain, sadness and difficulty. It is the element of the unexpected that links the world of caring so closely with the world of the writer. The sense of wonder that comes from realising ‘This was not in the plan’.

Seamus Heaney also believed that ‘whatever had to be written would somehow get itself written.'

The poems and stories in this year’s anthology are evidence of this. Not all writers necessarily plan or set out to be writers and certainly for most carers, a lifetime of caring was ‘not in the plan’. But look what stories there are to tell about the experience, what reward and learning there is to be had from a poem that condenses into a few words, the true essence of caring. In these poems and stories you will encounter the unexpected joys, and difficulties that arise when the course of our lives and the lives of those we care for, take on turns we were not prepared for - which they do, and they will.

Greta Ross’s ‘Leavings’ was a poem that clung, lingered and left a lasting impression like the soap that serves as the poet’s central metaphor for what has been lost. It is a poem about love, about the need for closeness, a poem which manages to be both directly and indirectly about the caring experience but above all it is a poem about the importance of human relationships and how we leave our mark.

Elizabeth Dunford’s ‘This was not in the plan...’ speaks to this year’s theme perfectly. The poem is beautifully lyrical, seduces us with its playful childhood references and then takes the ground from under our feet. You will be charmed, surprised and changed by the reading of this poem.

Love’s Lepidopterist’ by E. K. Wall and Fiona Ritchie’s ‘After the Caring’ were both such deserving winners I had to award a joint third prize. E. K. Wall’s poem demonstrates the capacity of the poet to capture a moment through writing and brilliantly weaves close human observation with the delicate language of moths and butterflies. Fiona Ritchie’s spare and heartbreaking poem employs detail with such precision, All the bones of the day gone, we cannot help but be touched.

So many of the entries this year were deserving of prizes. The commended poems in this year’s anthology are a true feast of craft, imagination and skill. I’m sure you will be challenged, moved and delighted, as I have been, in the reading of them.

I am continually impressed by the range and volume of stories submitted to this competition - to write a complete story that can transport the reader, hold their attention and leave a lasting impression in 1000 words or less is an enormously difficult task for any writer. There were so many strong entries this year. I love the pace and the poignancy of James Ellis’ ‘Early Days’, the economy and charm of Ellie Wood’s ‘So your Grandad has Alzheimer’s?’, the inventiveness of Ayfer Orhan’s ‘Counting the Hours’ and the wit, imagination, and insight that went into so many of the others.

In the end there were three that rose to the top for me, each for very different reasons. ‘La Casa Cernicalo’ by Michelle Perkins (3rd prize), ‘Syndrome’ by Nicky Jones (2nd prize) and the first prize winner, ‘School Fate’ by Sarah Jones. 

‘La Casa Cernicalo’ is a beautifully realised, almost filmic, piece about aging and dependency set in Columbia, where Salvatore lives with his wife of 60 years, Myra. The story places us Up there with the Gods on the 19th floor of a municipal building and inside the heads of the old couple. It’s a lovely read. ‘Syndrome’, is the quirky narrative of a mother, who recounts, with disarming ease, her son’s neuro-psychotic breakdown allowing us, the reader, to feel deeply for what the family must be going through and admiration for the way they are coping.

‘School Fate’ is a story I loved immediately and have read and re-read, always with a smile on my face. It is the kind of story that, in the moment of reading it, absolutely delivers that sense of lift, joy and the unexpected reward Seamus Heaney was referring to.

The winning and four highly commended poems for the first ever Jo Cox Poetry Prize are also Included in this anthology. The theme was ‘Loneliness’. Carer’s UK member Catherine Graham, whose poem ‘The Washing Machine’ won first prize, advises other carers who may be feeling isolated or overwhelmed to ‘write a few lines of poetry... to process things too difficult to say. In my own experience, says Catherine, poetry has rescued me.

Cheryl Moskowitz - Creative writing judge 2017

Winning poems

1st prize
Leavings by Greta Ross

2nd prize
This was not in the plan... by Elizabeth Dunford

Joint 3rd prizes
Love's lepidopterist by E.K. Wall
After the Caring by Fiona Ritchie Walker

Highly Commended

How he tells it squint by Beth McDonough
Patient by Margaret Wilmot
Treatment by Vicky Morris
Last cut by Jane Lovell
Best laid plans by Jill Franklin
Lovers by Deirdre Maher
The ageing rocker by Eithne Cullen
Carers well by Marie Alvarado
Now, then by Maria Isakova
Too far by Audrey Arden Jones

Winning short stories

1st prize
School Fate by Sarah Jones

2nd prize
Syndrome by Nicky Jones

3rd prize
La Casa Cernicalo by Michelle Perkins

Highly Commended

So your Granddad has Alzheimer's? by Ellie Wood
The impracticality of home by Eilidh G Clark
What Benjamin would say by Alexandra Davey
Early Days by James Ellis
Counting the hours by Ayfer Orhan
Egg and cress on a rainy day by Jane Lomas
Expectations by Jacqui Law
Unplanned love by Jude Robinson
Nine minutes and forty-two seconds by Jenny Watkins

The Jo Cox Poetry Prize

The washing machine by Catherine Graham

Highly commended

The befriender by Louise Smith

Instructions for a new city by Bryony Littlefair

The biscuit by Jack Houston

Not lonely by Lorna O'Connell

For more on the prize, the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness and the winning poet, see our press release

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