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Our partners

Carers UK is committed to developing effective partnerships in order to make life better for carers.

We work collaboratively with many partners across the voluntary, statutory and private sector. To find out more about our principles when selecting a partner to work with read our charter.

We would like to thank all the people and organisations who work with Carers UK, without whom our work would not be possible.

Below are some examples of the innovative partnerships we are currently involved with. 

Big Lottery Fund Accelerating Ideas scheme - Nesta

BLF NESTACarers UK's volunteering programme is expanding UK-wide thanks to a five-year grant awarded in July 2016 from Big Lottery Fund through the Accelerating Ideas scheme. Through this funding Carers UK aims to increase its reach and support to older people as they are identified as the fastest growing group of carers over the next five years, but will also extend support to working carers, local communities and increase our digital offer. The grant will help us grow our volunteer numbers and reach so that we are better able to reach, connect and support carers throughout the UK. This funding follows a significant investment into the volunteering programme during 2014 – 2016 from Nesta and the Cabinet Office, and builds on the foundations of volunteering that stretch back over 50 years at Carers UK. 

The Big Lottery Fund is supporting Carers Wales with a three year grant of £249,831 through the People and BLF pink smallPlaces grants programme in Wales.  Through this partnership Carers Wales will recruit and train 150 volunteers to bring people together to better support carers across Wales, increasing community resilience and reducing carer isolation.


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The Doris Pacey Charitable Foundation

The Doris Pacey Charitable Foundation very generously supports our Adviceline with a three year grant of £45,000 to reach, connect and support disadvantaged carers.


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Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

EF logo 4colEsmée Fairbairn Foundation is supporting the Carers UK policy and public affairs programme with a three-year grant of £225,073. This has enabled Carers UK to build awareness amongst professionals of carers' rights under the Care Act and to build awareness amongst national and local leaders in public and voluntary sector of how to meet the needs of carers.


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The Health and Wellbeing Alliance

VCSE HWACarers UK and Carers Trust are part of the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner Programme. Along with other voluntary organisations we work in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England and Public Health England (PHE). Our role is to engage with emerging policy and practice and to reflect the views of our members and networks in order to support the development of knowledge around carers and caring. We also work to engage carers in the wider health and social care reform agenda. 

The programme aims to make it easier for the voluntary and statutory sectors to work together to:

  • improve health and care systems
  • address health inequalities
  • help people, families and communities to achieve and maintain wellbeing

You can find out more about the VCSE members on the HW Alliance webpage. And follow the work of VCSE organisations on Twitter, using the hashtag #HWAlliance.

You can also sign up to the monthly newsletter for the voluntary sector by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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The Lockwood Foundation

The Lockwood Charitable Foundation awarded a three-year grant of £195,000 enabling Carers UK to identify, reach, connect and support over 40,000 people each year who become unpaid carers. The Lockwood Charitable Foundation has been a key partner in our Carers Week and Carers Rights Day campaigns.


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The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust

ML Mother portraitThe Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust has generously donated £72,649 to help more carers access timely advice, information and support, particularly around mental health. The trust is named for Marie-Louise von Motesiczky, a critically acclaimed artist. Marie-Louise von Motesiczky cared for her own mother in her later life and produced a number of moving portraits of her.

"The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust is delighted to be able to further the aims of the invaluable work done by Carers UK, in recognition of the incalculable practical and emotional contribution made by carers of all ages in all walks of life." 

Frances Carey - Chair of Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust

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Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition

Nutricia 2016 RGBBack in 2011, Carers UK and Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition launched a ground-breaking partnership aimed at improving the health of carers and the people that they care for through a variety of communications channels. Both partners wanted to harness their mutual expertise to provide critical nutritional support to carers, though information resources, training, social media days and website information.

We are now in our seventh year of partnership, and the partnership has not only gone from strength to strength, but also evolved in a number of ways. For example, Nutricia has sponsored some of our flagship activities including Carers Week and Carers Right Day – helping us to raise awareness and disseminate information amongst carers across the UK. Nutricia has also become a member of Employers for Carers, an innovative service for employers supported by Carers UK, which has allowed Nutricia to embed best practice & practical support for its own staff who are carers.

"Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition has worked with Carers UK for over seven years and we are delighted to continue this valuable partnership, supporting the work that they do to ensure that carers get all the information and advice they need around nutritional care for both themselves and their loved ones."

Filippo Della Torre, General Manager Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition UKIR


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The Pears Foundation

Pears Logo COLOURThe Pears Foundation is a core funder of Carers UK providing a two-year grant of £100,000. This support is allowing us to develop carers’ peer support, including listening support and caring caller volunteer roles, and our online forum.


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Sainsbury’s plc

SainsburysSainsbury’s plc has been an active partner with Carers UK since 2010 as a member of Employers for Carers and as part of the Employers for Carers’ Leadership Group. Sainsbury’s also provided support to some of our annual awareness raising campaigns such as Carers Rights Day with many of their stores taking part to celebrate the carers across the UK.

“As the Board Champion for Carers & Disability at Sainsbury’s, I am proud to be part of an active partnership with Carers UK. Since 2010 this partnership has helped us shape our flexible working policies and raise awareness of the support available. We’re very proud to be one of just a few FTSE 100 companies with a specific policy to support carers in the workplace.

"We will be continuing to work with Carers UK in 2018. Our work with Carers UK is one of the many initiatives that make Sainsbury’s a great place to work, an essential part of being a sustainable business.” 

Tim Fallowfield – Corporate Services Director and Company Secretary


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The Scottish Government

SG master logo colour CMYKThe Scottish Government supports Carers Scotland with a core funding grant of £135,000 in 2018/19 to work with carers in Scotland as well as generously supporting both the Carers’ Parliament and Carer Positive with grants of £17,500 and £80,586. We are very pleased to work with the Scottish Government to deliver our vision of the world we want for carers.

 


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Specsavers

Specsavers logoOur strategic partnership in 2018 encompasses the Creative Writing Competition and Photography Competition, Carers Rights Day. This is for those who find it difficult to visit their stores due to age or ill health, giving them access to a great range of glasses. It's a part of the business of which Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins is very proud.

Dame Mary spent much of her early career as an optician doing home visits and she is delighted that Specsavers can now take its great value eyecare both into people’s homes and into care homes. Carers UK’s members know first-hand how tricky it can be to coordinate healthcare appointments for the person they are looking after and for themselves and services that could make this easier are warmly welcomed.

"Specsavers is proud to support Carers UK and their commitment to supporting carers very much matches up with our vision of eyecare for everybody. After 30 years, some of our longstanding customers now struggle to come into our stores without help or are in care homes so this enables us to continue our care for them. Our mobile opticians offer the same high quality service to people at home that is available in-store including taking a range of 180 glasses and the use of new Digital Precision Care, our new dispensing measurement system which runs on tablet devices."

Dame Mary Perkins – Founder, Specsavers

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The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund

Triangle TrustThe Triangle Trust 1949 Fund supports Carers Northern Ireland with a core Development Grant of £80,000 over three years. This support will help Carers Northern Ireland to deliver their strategy for carers to 2021.


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Unum

Unum LOGO RGB 01We know that without the right support in place, unpaid carers can be pushed to breaking point and are at risk of long-term debt and financial hardship. We’re delighted that Unum is committed to helping us provide tailored support and information through a new 3-year programme of activity which aims to make carers more financially resilient. Unum is one of the UK’s leading employee benefits providers, protecting almost 1.4 million people in the UK.


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The Welsh Government

The Welsh GovernmentThe Welsh Government funds Carers Wales via the Sustainable Social Services Grant scheme, with a grant of £210,000 for 2018/19 to raise awareness of caring, create and distribute information and advice, as well as encouraging carers to get involved in shaping services. We have also received a grant of £45,000 via the Ministerial Advisory Group on Carers to support the establishment of the Wales Hub of Employers for Cares. We are very pleased to work with the Welsh Government to deliver our vision of the world we want for carers.


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The ZVM Rangoonwala Foundation

RF logo High ResThe ZVM Rangoonwala Foundation is supporting Carers UK with a grant of £60,000 over three years, supporting Carers UK to reach, connect and support older carers and people providing end of life care.


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