The Social Movements for Health Programme has pledged its support for the National Association of Care & Support Workers (NACAS) in campaigning for greater recognition and respect of care workers.
The programme will see innovation foundation Nesta and its partner, the Dunhill Medical Trust, work alongside NACAS and six other emerging social movements to help grow their influence and impact on health and care.
From April 2019 to April 2020, grantees will receive tailored funding of up to £50,000 to help each movement grow and drive forward their longer-term goals.
They will also be able to attend multiple movement-building workshops where they will have access to people with extensive experience in building a social movement and a community of peers to connect with in order to share ideas and explore opportunities for collaborative working.
NACAS is a not-for-profit company that champions the care worker vocation. It also campaigns for the compulsory registration of care workers.
Karolina Gerlich, executive director of the National Association of Care & Support Workers said: “This is a huge opportunity to make care workers’ issues better known and bring people together to drive the change in the sector and the society. I am looking forward to learning and coming together with more people to make a bigger impact.”
Christine Cornwall, director of Health at Nesta, said: “At a time when there is increased pressure on the health and social care system, it’s vital that we draw on people’s expertise of their own health and the health of their communities.”
“Social movements are a powerful vehicle for change and through this programme, we hope to understand how organisations like Nesta can better support them to grow and have the biggest impact possible.”