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From the moment we started talking to Virgin Media about the possibility of a partnership I have believed that it had the potential to fundamentally change the lives of carers for the better.

Helen WalkerSimply by enabling Carers UK to be more ambitious with our new strategy to look for digital solutions to connect carers and to combat loneliness, together we would always...

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About the role

This opportunity will complete the first phase of Carers UK’s highly successful work to make it possible for more unpaid carers, particularly those over the age of 55, to be physically active and to reduce loneliness.

The role requires creativity in terms of completing the final report which has already been drafted, taking it through publication to launch, including working with media colleagues, professionals, and carers to disseminate the work, and encouraging new activity in the run up to Carers Week (7-13 June). The work is funded by Sport England and reporting will also be necessary.

About you

This role requires outstanding written and oral communication skills, experience of rapid relationship building and partnership working, and the ability to multi-task across complex work streams. First-rate organisational skills, a good eye for campaigns and media, experience of working with funders, and an understanding of local government, health, and voluntary sectors will be essential.

About us

Carers UK is the leading national membership charity, supporting, advocating for and connecting unpaid carers across the UK.

With over 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK and 6,000 individuals becoming a carer every day the need to support them is growing and urgent. Unpaid carers save the country an estimated £530 million each day and are vital to the friends and family members they support, as well as to the wider community.

COVID-19 has dramatically affected carers across the country. Our recent polling suggests that the figure for unpaid carers could now be as high as 13.6 million, with 4.5 million people starting to care overnight due to the impact on coronavirus on services and individuals.

CV, personal statement and completed monitoring forms should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please send in your application as soon as possible.

Please also ensure you have completed and submitted the personal details and diversity monitoring forms provided on this site. The information on the diversity monitoring form will be treated as confidential and used for statistical purposes only. This form will not be treated as part of your application.

Carers UK reserves the right to appoint at any stage should an outstanding candidate, who is available to start, emerges.

Closing date for applications: Monday 1 March 2021 at 10.05am

Interviews will take place on: Tuesday 9 March 2021

Vacancies

***POLICY BRIEFING UPDATED ON 24th FEBRUARY 2021***

The Government announced on Sunday 14th February that, the following Monday (15th February), unpaid carers will be included in the next phase of the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine in England and will begi...

Briefing

About You

You are a digital communications professional with demonstrable, hands-on, experience of working with the Umbraco content management systems; of creating new or updating existing content; have great judgement in dealing with sensitive editorial content alongside strong communications skills; and an ability to provide support and consultancy to a range of stakeholders. You’re experienced in working with external digital agencies; have an understanding of the key components of digital development, testing and delivery; and are able to report clearly on the progress of complex projects.

About the role

Working in our Communications and Marketing team, this role requires a candidate with excellent project managements skills, who’ll be able to understand complex digital requirements, combined with the confidence and expertise to prioritise to keep projects on schedule and to budget.  

Working closely with the Head of Communications and Marketing, colleagues at all levels within the charity and directly with the project manager and developers at our agency, the Digital Communications (CMS) Officer will keep all stakeholders updated on project progress, to help ensure the successful launch of four websites. Additionally, they will ensure all users of the CMS are confident in creating, editing and publishing new content and will create how-to guides for new users.

About us

Carers UK is the leading national charity, supporting, advocating for and connecting unpaid carers across the UK.

With over 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK and 6,000 individuals becoming a carer every day the need to support them is growing and urgent. Unpaid carers save the country an estimated £530 million each day and are vital to the friends and family members they support, as well as to the wider community.

COVID-19 has dramatically affected carers across the country. Our recent polling suggests that the figure for unpaid carers could now be as high as 13.6 million, with 4.5 million people starting to care overnight due to the impact on coronavirus on services and individuals.

If you are interested in this role please send your CV, supporting statement, personal details form and completed diversity monitoring form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vacancies

Aron McKee and his wife Judith, both 40 and based in Northern Ireland, care for their daughter Grace, age 9. Grace has had a number of health problems since birth and her complex needs have meant the McKee family has been shielding throughrought the COVID-19 pandemic. Grace was due back at school...

Aron and GraceCaring 24/7 has had a big impact on the McKee’s lives. The stress of caring for Grace, fighting to get her an education, an...

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Carers UK are calling on the Government to urgently act to address the financial hardship that many unpaid carers face due to their caring responsibilities.

We need you to help us raise with your MP that carers urgently need more financial support! Please take...

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Christie and her mum photoChristie, based in Essex, cares for her 77-year-old mum who has physical and mental health needs as well as epilepsy....

Caring throughout the Covid-19 pandemic has been intense, especially while Christie and her Mum have been shielding. Christie has not had any breaks from her caring role at all. Christie's own health is deteriorating because of the intense levels of care that she is providing – she is needing sur...

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Carers UK is looking for a new Director of Carer Support to lead the team through an exciting period of growth. 

The pandemic has really shone a light on what Britain’s unpaid carers do, with as many as one in four of us now providing care we believe we have a burning platform to bring about change, as well as provide carers with what they need.

The Director of Carer Support will lead the team to ensure delivery of an ambitious new strategy, and will also be responsible for developing new ways of supporting carers, especially those typically harder to reach; this role has the potential to change carers’ lives forever. 

About you 

You will be a highly motivated leader with a proven track record of leading teams and delivering complex beneficiary-focused, funded projects on time, to budget and to target. Collaborative in approach and with excellent communication skills you will provide strategic leadership to the Carer Support team and as a member of the Senior Management Team of Carers UK contribute to our overall strategy and impact. 

About the role 

With increasing demand for our information, support and advice; a growing membership; and increasing impact through volunteering, we need a Director to lead our work and improve and develop the support we provide for unpaid carers at this crucial time. 

About us 

Carers UK is the national membership charity for the 6.5 million people in the UK who are unpaid carers – and whose care is valued at a staggering £132 billion per year. We are seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate who is looking for an exciting opportunity to effect lasting change. 

The closing date for applications is Monday 22nd February 10am

First interviews will be held week commencing 1st March 2021

How to Apply

CV, personal statement and completed monitoring forms should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please send in your application as soon as possible. Carers UK reserves the right to appoint at any stage, should an outstanding candidate emerge.

Please also ensure you have also completed and submitted the personal details and diversity monitoring forms provided on this site. The information on the diversity monitoring form will be treated as confidential and used for statistical purposes only. This form will not be treated as part of your application.

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Strathclyde University are currently developing an app that supports carers looking after someone with advanced disease, and the people they are caring for.

The app includes a questionnaire for carers. To make sure this questionnaire gathers all the right information and carers are gettin...

Who can take part?
Anyone who is currently, or has been, an unpaid carer for a person with either:
- Advanced lung cancer
- Advanced gastro-intestinal cancer (upper, lower or pancreatic)
- Advanced chronic respiratory disease such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis...

News

***POLICY BRIEFING UPDATED ON 1ST FEBRUARY 2021***

On 30th December 2020, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) published updated advice which recommends that carers who are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance or are the main carer of ...

Briefing

The National Carer Organisations have produced a factsheet for carers answering some frequently asked questions about the vaccine, including

  • Where are carers on the priority list?
  • When will I get the vaccine?
  • How will carers know when it is their turn to get the...
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We very much welcome the inclusion by JCVI of carers in Priority Group 6 of the Covid vaccination roll out programme. We have had confirmation from the Department of Health NI that "Unpaid carers, if not picked up in earlier priority groups,  will be offered vaccination in priority 6...

This goes some way in recognising the vital contribution carers have made throughout this pandemic, supporting the health and social care system in Northern Ireland. It will provide a lifeline for unpaid carers who, for the past year, have feared contracting and passing the virus onto those the...
News

Carers UK responded to NHS England's recent consultation, "Next steps to building strong and effective integrated care systems across England". Please find our response in full, below. 

Consultation Response

While Christmas can be a joyful time for some carers, sadly, for many others it can be incredibly difficult, with extra costs, fewer services, and increased loneliness. This research briefing explores how carers are feeling about Christmas in 2020.

This year has been exceptionally hard for many carers. Some are looking forward to Christmas and seeing family and friends over the holidays, but others remain concerned and worried about how they will manage:

  • 59% were too worried about COVID-19 to risk seeing their family and frie...
Briefing

While Christmas can be a joyful time for some carers, sadly, for many others it can be incredibly difficult, with extra costs, fewer services, and increased loneliness. This research briefing explores how carers are feeling about Christmas in 2020.

This year has been exceptionally hard for many carers. Some are looking forward to Christmas and seeing family and friends over the holidays, but others remain concerned and worried about how they will manage:

  • 59% were too worried about COVID-19 to risk seeing their family and frie...
Report
This course is designed to help you build strategies to maintain your physical and emotional wellbeing whilst caring.
Looking after your health

Loneliness is something that many people will have experienced at some point in their lives. It can be difficult to talk about – and sometimes hard to overcome.

BBC Northern Ireland’s Christmas Appeal, ‘Staying Connected at Christmas – overcoming loneliness, together’ aims to raise awareness of the effects of loneliness and provide information, support and advice on how everybody can do something - big or small - to help someone in need.

News

This response has been developed by the national carer organisations for the Independent Review of Adult Social Care. It was developed in partnership and brought together the views of carers from a range of events and research

The national carer organisations are Carers Scotland, Carers Trust Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroads Caring Scotland, MECOP, Shared Care Scotland, Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.

Consultation Response

Released to mark Carers Rights Day 2020, this report looks at the value of unpaid care that has been provided during the first 8 months of the COVID-19 pandemic

The research, released for Carers Rights Day, estimates that the care provided by people in Scotland looking after older, disabled and seriously ill relatives and friends during the pandemic stands at £10.9 billion so far, after just eight months.  This means that care provided by families i...

Reports

Released to mark Carers Rights Day 2020, this report looks at the value of unpaid care that has been provided during the first 8 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It estimates that the care provided by people looking after older, disabled and seriously ill relatives and friends during the pandemic stands at £135 billion so far - meaning that with every day of the COVID-19 pandemic that passes, unpaid carers are saving the UK state £530 million in the care...

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