The Care Workers Charity (CWC) has released its annual Impact Report showcasing the difference it has made to the wellbeing of the UK’s care workers in 2018.
The charity awarded 383 hardship grants in the year. In value terms, grants distributed amounted to £156,629. Grant applications rose by 386% with 511 applicants referred to the relevant services and support.
Richard Muncaster, Chief Executive of The Care Workers Charity, said: “Our grants are a vital service – but the truth is that the problem we face cannot be fixed by grants alone. We know that too many care workers are leaving the profession because they can’t make ends meet.
“We know that too many care workers are contending with complex mental and physical health conditions, without getting the support they need. And we know that too many care workers aren’t receiving the respect they deserve as skilled and dedicated professionals delivering vital services in demanding circumstances.”
The report demonstrates the charity’s commitment to the volunteer Champions’ programme. CWC will be diversifying its volunteering offer by increasing micro-volunteering opportunities and producing a wider range of resources for volunteer Champions. The most dedicated volunteer Champions were celebrated at the CWC Awards 2018.
The report also highlights a significant increase in the charity’s profile – its efforts were recognised at the 2018 Charity Times Awards where CWC won ‘Change Project of the Year’ and at the Third Sector Awards, where the charity was shortlisted in ‘Charity Chief Executive of the Year’ category.
The Care Workers Charity was founded in 2009 with the objective of supporting current and former care workers with one-off hardship grants. In 2018 it has awarded over £150,000 in grants to almost 400 care workers – nearly four times as many people as in 2017. In 2019 it plans to award £250,000.