Opinion

The Care Workers Charity – the last 12 months

Karolina Gerlich, CEO, The Care Workers Charity

The Care Workers’ Charity has over a decade of experience in giving out Crisis Grants to prevent social care workers from falling into financial hardship. However, the devastating onset of Covid-19 necessitated the creation of a brand new grants stream, as those in social care struggled to adapt to the pandemic. In recognition of the pressure on an already stretched and fragmented workforce, we launched our Covid-19 Emergency Fund at the end of March 2020.

Our journey over the past twelve months is detailed in our recently launched Impact Report 2020. The report details our key achievements, which include the following:

  • 2,864 Covid-19 Emergency Fund Grants awarded, with a total value of £1,981,858
  • 402 Crisis Grants awarded, with a total value of £285,37
  • 39 Funeral Grants awarded, with a total value of £64,945
  • the total value of all grants awarded during 2020 was £2.2 million- an increase of 1,150% in grant giving activities in 2020, compared to 2019.

We are thrilled 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 team members 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.

Just one of our successful grant applicants last year was John, a support worker, who faced financial crisis when he was tested positive for Covid-19;

“For the two weeks that I had to isolate, I was only entitled to SSP of £92 a week, which barely covered rent, never mind anything else. With this grant, I can actually now go food shopping and not have to rely on food banks. I really thought that care workers were the forgotten kind and then you guys turn up … I honestly cannot thank The Care Workers Charity enough.”

As demonstrated in our Report, the platform of our Charity has increased exponentially in the last year, as has the need for the assistance we provide. Just as the social care sector has shown incredible resilience in the face of the pandemic, so we will strive to continue to positively impact care workers throughout the UK who urgently need, and deserve, our support.

We would like to thank all of our Trustees, sponsors, funders, partners and donors as without this vital support the work detailed in our Impact Report simply would not have been possible.

To help us reach even more social care workers in crisis, please drop us an email at info@thecwc.org.uk to discuss partnering with us and/or donate through the link below;

https://thecareworkerscharity.enthuse.com/profile

To read the Impact Report in full; https://www.thecareworkerscharity.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/TheCareWorkersCharityImpactReport2020.pdf

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