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To all the newbies - Carers UK Forum

To all the newbies

Tell us a bit about yourself here.
Hi, I'm Scally and I joined Carers UK ... (gulp) over twenty years ago. For whatever reasons, they have put up with me all those years - and much more: I have become part of a fellowship of oddfellows - people from all walks of life thrown together by the random fact of having experienced life at the sharp end of caring.

From time to time, people say that caring is pretty dire, and ask what Carers UK can do for us, and I have to firstly point out that Carers UK is not 'them', it is us: the members who actually own and manage this charity, and then delve deep into our 50 year history and show them this:
Our history
Since we were founded, Carers UK has been the driving force behind improvements to make carers’ lives better, including:


MaryWebster

1963 The carers' movement started when our founder, the Reverend Mary Webster (pictured), wrote a letter to the newspapers about the difficulties of working and caring for ageing parents.

1965 Mary formed the National Council for the Single Woman and Her Dependents (NCSWD), which later became Carers UK.

1967 Dependent Relative Tax Allowance - the first ever legal right for carers.

1976 The introduction of Invalid Care Allowance. This was the first benefit for carers, but only for unmarried people.

JudithOliver

1981 Judith Oliver (pictured), who cared for her disabled husband, founded a new organisation, the Association of Carers. This was an organisation for all carers, with a member-led ethos which is written into Carers UK's constitution to this day.

JackieDrake1986 Married women and men win right to claim Invalid Carers Allowance following victory in European Court by Jackie Drake (pictured), a carer for her mother. Jackie's case was sponsored by a steering group of more than 50 organisations.

JillPitkeathley

1988 National Council for Carers and their Elderly Dependents (previously the NCSWD) with the Association of Carers to create a single voice for carers in the form of the Carers National Association, led by Baroness Jill Pitkeathley (pictured).



MaclolmWicks1995 Carers National Association and the Rt. Hon Malcolm Wicks MP (pictured) secure landmark rights against all odds in the Carers (Recognition and Services) Act.

1996 The first ever legal recognition that carers have needs in their own right.

2001 Carers National Association renamed Carers UK to respond to devolution, establishing, Carers Scotland, Wales and Carers Northern Ireland.

2002 A £400 million package of rises in carers' benefits.

HywelFrancis

2004 Carers UK and Carers Wales secure a Private Member's Bill with Dr Hywel Francis MP (pictured). This results in the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004 which recognises the needs of carers beyond their caring responsibilities (the right to time off to deal with emergencies and the right to request flexible working).

SharonColeman

2008 Pension rights, meaning that for the first time, a lifetime of caring is treated on a par with a lifetime of paid work by the state pension system. Carers win protection against discrimination and harassment at work after carer Sharon Coleman (pictured) takes her case to European Court.

2010 Equality Act giving carers protections from discrimination for the first time.

2012 New rights announced for most carers including tougher duties on councils to assess and support carers (to come into force in 2015).

2013 Equality Act giving carers protections from discrimination for the first time.

2010 Carer's Allowance protected whilst most other working-age benefits face real-terms cut. Carers contribute to Carers UK's Caring and Family Finance Inquiry, a definitive study into the financial impact of caring.

2014 Parent carers win new rights under the Care Act, after initially being left out of new care laws.

2015 Carer’s Allowance protected while many other working-age benefits frozen.
So, not bad, eh?
And that's the reason not to lurk, but to join up and become part of the history and tradition that has, and continues to, make a real difference to carers.
Hear, hear! Not much else I can say.
Just noticed the error: The Equalities Act gets an extra sneaky mention in there, and thats from C-UKs history page!
Yes ,but why didn't i know about Carers uk until i became a carer ?, by that i mean why is carers uk not known as well as Mencap ,or Scope to the general public ?.
Thanks for flagging the typo on the website Scally - it has been corrected now! https://www.carersuk.org/about-us/who-w ... ur-history
David c,

I'm glad you found CarersUK. In answer to your point about why you hadn't come across CarersUK, awareness of charities is partly down to resources and the cause itself. You increasingly see charities using advertising to promote their cause and charity. That costs thousands. Some causes get more attention than others. We've noticed caring getting more attention. We dont have the funds for national advertising, but our media team do a grsat job of getting us in the media with the help of carers who tell their story. Our recent park the charges campaign about hospital car parking charges is an example. We run two national awareness campaigns, Carers Week and Carers Rights Day with thousands of events taking place across the country to celebrate caring andcreach carers. Our local awareness, events and talk volunteers reach and connect with carers in their local , including thru word of mouth. We work with partners such as Saintsbury's to reach people through their stores. This all funded through generous donations and fundraising.

Raising awareness about caring and CarersUK is one of our priorities as we want to reach carers early so they know how to get help and make sure everyone knows how to identity a carer and signpost them to help.