Pears Foundation has more than doubled its annual support for unpaid carers across the UK. Over the next two years, we have committed an additional £1 million to Carers Trust, a long-term partner of the Foundation, to boost their direct grants programmes.
Carers Trust’s direct grants programmes are delivered through its UK wide network of 140 local carers’ charities, alongside a range of services providing practical and emotional support for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. The direct grants offer carers the ability to address essential needs which would otherwise be unaffordable, such as a much-needed break from the pressures of caring, help with transport costs, or to buy a new bed, washing machine or other household item essential to their caring role.
Pears Foundation’s long standing relationship with Carers Trust dates back to 2002, when the charity was called The Princess Royal Trust for Carers. Over this period we have committed much-needed core revenue funding, as well as supporting a high level mentoring programme for Chief Executives of local carers’ centres, projects for young carers, and the Trust’s direct grants programmes. This latest commitment of £1m represents a significant increase in direct grants funding, and sits alongside our continued support for policy and other core services.
The Foundation is proud to work with a number of partners to support the UK’s estimated seven million carers, including Carers UK, Contact, the charity for families of disabled children, and Sibs, the UK charity for brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults.
Sir Trevor Pears CMG, Executive Chair, said: “Carers are the backbone of society, working tirelessly to support loved ones and family members in need. Too often, carers themselves are unrecognised and in need of assistance. We are proud to partner with Carers Trust to improve the wellbeing of carers throughout the UK, and delighted to offer this additional boost in the form of direct grants to carers and their families”.