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 longstanding and generous grant to Carers Trust makes a huge difference to the charity and to the carers we support. We greatly value the close interest the Foundation takes in what we do, as well as the significant support they give us, and the fact that they trust us to use their funding where it is most needed.
Giles Meyer,
Chief Executive
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 140 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 goes back more than fifteen years, making it one of the Foundation’s oldest partnerships. 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, a high level mentoring programme for Chief Executives of local carers’ centres, programmes for young carers as well as supporting the Trust’s direct grants programmes. The Foundation also 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.