The Care Workers’ Charity paid out over £2.2 million worth of grants to care workers in need last year, an increase of 1,150% compared to 2019.
The charity revealed in its Impact Report for 2020 that during the pandemic 2,864 Emergency Fund Grants were awarded, with a total value of £1.98 million, while 402 crisis grants and 39 funeral grants were handed out.
In total, 3,266 care workers received a grant from the charity last year.
The COVID-19 Emergency Fund was launched on March 30 last year in response to the first lockdown.
The charity initially awarded care workers a £500 grant for two weeks of isolation, but as it surpassed fundraising targets, it began to offer a range of grants for shielding, childcare costs and funeral costs.
Karolina Gerlich (pictured), who joined the CWC in March last year as executive director, said: “We’re really pleased to share our journey over the past 12 months as the charity has gone from strength to strength in supporting care workers during the turbulent year.
“We’ve seen many changes; a constantly changing landscape in the social care sector; new staff joining the charity; a wider awareness of the contribution made by social care workers and the development of vaccines to bring new hope to everyone.”