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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. 

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 partnership has grown to include sponsorship of our annual awareness raising campaigns, Carers Week and 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 2016. 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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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 sixth 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. Additionally, Nutricia staff have rallied to the caring cause by taking on a number of Fundraising Challenge events including the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, Bournemouth Marathon and others to raise vital funds for Carers UK.

"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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Nesta – Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund

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Carers UK is delighted to be working in partnership with Nesta. The Cabinet Office awarded a grant to Nesta to manage the Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund.

After a successful application Carers UK has received funding to support the development and scale of our volunteering programme and harness the great value of carers helping carers, something we have been doing for the last 50 years. The funding will support us to grow capacity and infrastructure to work with more volunteers to reach, connect and support more carers across England.

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Big Lottery Fund Accelerating Ideas scheme - Nesta

BLF and 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. 

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Unforgettable web smallCarers UK is delighted to be a charitable partner of Unforgettable, a social business bringing together specialised products with practical advice and a supportive community to help those affected by memory loss and dementia. Coping better with dementia is possible with Unforgettable.

Unforgettable was borne from its founder’s personal experience of caring and embodies Carers UK’s belief that technology and products can make a huge difference to carers’ lives.

Unforgettable is delighted to be working with Carers UK one of the most innovative and caring charities that we work with. Caring for my mum was extremely tough and Carers UK provides an invaluable lifeline for thousands of others like me, helping them to feel that little bit less alone.

James Ashwell – Founder, Unforgettable

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Specsavers logoCarers UK is delighted to be working with Specsavers as sponsor of the Carers UK creative writing competition 2017.

Specsavers Healthcall offers a home-visit optical service 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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Freemasons' Grand Charity

Freemasons Grand CharityThe Freemasons’ Grand Charity has generously donated £100,000 over two years towards Carers UK advice and information services. This will significantly help us support more of the millions of people caring for older, ill or disabled loved ones. The Freemasons’ have a long history supporting communities and we are very pleased to work with them to raise awareness and reach more carers, so no one has to care alone.

“As a nation we are simply not aware that 6.5 million people in the UK are already acting as unpaid carers for their loved ones, or that this figure is certain to rise. Many carers struggle to cope financially, emotionally and physically with the strain of their responsibilities. Carers UK works tirelessly to raise awareness and offer support to carers. I am therefore thrilled that we are able to contribute to its vital national advice and information service over the next two years.”  

Laura Chapman, Chief Executive for The Freemasons’ Grand Charity

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The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust

ML Mother portraitThe Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust has generously donated £52,000 to help more carers access timely and intuitive advice, information and support on how to access the respite they need. Marie-Louise von Motesiczky was an influential artist who cared for her mother in her latter years. We are pleased to work in partnership with the trust, so more carers know where to turn when the pressure of caring becomes too much.

"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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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 organisation we work in partnership with the Department of Health (DH), 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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