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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

 

Cotswold

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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This year's competition has now closed.

The Jo Cox Poetry Prize winners have been announced below.

We'll be announcing creative writing and photography winners at a later date.  
If you have any questions about your entry, please email us on the address below.

Proudly supported by Specsavers Healthcall, our popular competition is in its fourth year. This year we wanted your photos as well as your words. We also had a special prize in honour of Jo Cox

Jo Cox Poetry Prize

The winner of Carers UK’s first ‘Jo Cox Poetry Prize’ has been announced today, following a month-long focus on the loneliness experienced by unpaid carers led by Carers UK as part of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.

The award for poems exploring loneliness was launched in honour of the former Batley and Spen MP’s work tackling isolation through conversations across communities. The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, launched in January 2017 following Jo Cox’s death, sees MPs and leading organisations come together to shine a light on loneliness and share the positive steps we can all take to combat it.

Read the winning and highly commended poems below. For more on the prize, the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness and the winning poet, see our press release

Winning poem

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

Photography competition

This year, for the first time, we are welcoming entries of photographs on the theme of ‘This is caring.’ From portraits to selfies, we are welcoming all photographic entries. We’d love to see images which capture the hidden joys, challenges and day-to-day reality of looking after someone.

Creative writing competition

This year we’re welcoming poems and short stories on all aspects of caring, but we’d particularly like to receive entries on the theme of ‘This was not in the plan’. Sooner or later, most of us will face the challenge of caring for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill, but it can often happen unexpectedly. We look forward to receiving your poems and stories which address this theme.

How to enter

You can enter one or more category with:

  • up to two poems, each no longer than 40 lines (you can also submit an additional poem for the Jo Cox Poetry Prize)
  • one short story, of up to 1,000 words
  • up to four photographs

The closing date for entries has been extended to 14 August

Please fill in the online form, or you can submit your poems and short stories by post*.

Send a printed copy of your entry along with a covering letter that includes your full name, address, phone number, email address and the title(s) of your entry to:
Creative writing and photography competition, Carers UK, 20 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4LX.

*Please note that we can only accept entries to the photography competition online. Please do not send us your photographs by post as we cannot commit to returning them. If you have any questions email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The judges

Once again, we are really pleased to have Cheryl Moskowitz as our creative writing judge. Cheryl is a poet and novelist, and a facilitator of writing for children and adults. We are also delighted that Bella West will be judging the photography element of the competition. Bella has been at the forefront of photographic portraiture for 20 years and in 2015 collaborated with Carers UK Patron Tiggy Walker on the book Unplanned Journey.

The winners

The winning and commended poems, stories and photographs will be announced in September 2017. We will celebrate the winning and commended entries for all three categories in regional and local press or radio across the UK. The first prize in each category is £100 in high street vouchers.

Anthology IV and photography collection I

We are looking forward to producing our fourth creative writing anthology and our first photography collection just in time for Christmas 2017. As this is our first year, the photography collection will be a special edition of Caring Magazine featuring winning and commended entries. We will also include selected entries of poems and short stories chosen by our trustees, volunteers and staff in the anthology IV.

In addition, we would like to print the winning and commended photographs onto large photo boards to use at Carers UK events across the UK and to share on our social media to help raise awareness of the daily lives of carers and their families.

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