The following case studies illustrate the breadth and depth of our partnerships and represent just a small sample of a diverse and varied programme of funding.

Carers Trust

Pears Foundation’s commitment to supporting unpaid carers as one of Carers Trust’s most valued and longstanding funders makes a significant difference to the lives of carers across the UK. Their generous grants enable Carers Trust to have a long term impact on the lives of unpaid carers and the work of Carers Trust and our Network Partners. We are grateful for their passion for unpaid carers, their close interest in what we do, and the trust they demonstrate in allowing us to use their funding where it is most needed and where it can make a real impact on the lives of carers.
Gareth Howells,
Chief Executive Officer
Carers are the backbone of society, working tirelessly, and often without recognition, to support loved ones and family members in need, and yet they themselves are so often left without support. We are proud to support Carers Trust in its efforts to improve the wellbeing of carers throughout the UK.
Sir Trevor Pears CMG

There are 7 million carers in the UK and this number is rising. Three out of five people will be carers at some point in their lives. Although for many carers, caring can have positive and rewarding aspects, it can also leave them in need of support and have a serious impact on their finances, health (both physical and mental), personal relationships and work.

Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenge of caring, unpaid, for a family member who is ill, frail, disabled, or has mental health or addiction problems.

The Trust supports carers in their homes and in their local communities, through the provision of replacement care and with information, advice, support, practical help and access to much-needed grants and breaks.

Carers Trust supports carers locally through a UK-wide network of 134 Network Partners. These are independent local services for carers of all ages, supporting people with any condition. Services they offer include:

  • Emotional and practical support including providing care in the home to enable carers to take a break.
  • Carers emergency services, offering help in a crisis.
  • Outreach work in GP surgeries, hospital wards and schools to reach carers who haven’t come forward for support.
  • Information and advice on issues such as benefits, grants and other help available.
  • Giving carers a voice so that they are listened to by local decision makers.
  • Helping carers to share experiences though group support and social activities.
  • Access to education, training and employment.
  • Supporting young carers through preventative, whole family work and clubs, activities and mentoring in schools.

Pears Foundation’s relationship with Carers Trust and its predecessor organisations goes back more than fifteen years, making it one of the Foundation’s longest partnerships. The Foundation provided support during the 2012 merger between The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care which led to the creation of the Carers Trust. The Foundation has committed a total of almost £2.9 million to date in essential revenue funding including supporting the Trust’s policy and campaigning work, its programmes for young carers and also its direct grants programme which enables carers to have a break from caring, purchase essential goods such as a washing machine or oven, or learn skills to help them manage the impact of being a carer.