The Care Workers Charity (CWC) raised an amazing £305,000 in 2017 in support of colleagues facing financial hardship compared with £11,000 in 2016.
From skydiving and cycling to beach parties and pyjama days, people in the sector have gone the extra mile to show their solidarity with colleagues in need.
Chief Executive Alex Ramamurthy said: “Thank you to those organisations and people who have given their money, time and support this year. You are the lifeblood of this charity and I hope you know you are transforming lives.”
CWC was established in October 2009 with the aim of supporting people who are, or who have been engaged in the care sector, by relieving poverty and sickness through hardship grants.
More than 100 grants were awarded to people in 2017, equivalent to £66,000 in value.
Help has gone to those who have lost someone close to them, experienced a sudden or unexpected illness or injury, had a sudden or unexpected loss of income, experienced a sudden change in living circumstances or suffered a relationship breakdown or domestic abuse.
Paul Jeffery, CEO of CWC supporter Caring Homes Group, said: “The people our colleagues support on a daily basis rely on them to be there and it is reassuring to know that CWC exists to provide help for care workers who may need it.”
Care home worker Bridget was amongst those to benefit from the charity’s work.
She received a £702 grant to visit and care for her mother in Zambia when she became ill.
Bridget said: “CWC reminded me that the skills and experience I have gained during 10 years as a care worker would give me the power to help my mother with her struggles.
“It feels like I have been set free from chains because now I can carry out an important duty for my mother.”
During a milestone year, the charity awarded more hardship grants than in the previous seven years combined.
Annual turnover rose from £11,000 to over £300,000 and its Supporters Club was launched, including 46 care providers representing more than 125,000 care staff.
The charity also launched its national Champions initiative which has now 70 representatives.
An awareness campaign with Care England, NCF and UKHCA reached more than 100,000 care workers and CWC launched a digital version of its grant application form to speed up awards.
Looking ahead, Alex intends to build on CWC’s success in 2018 by increasing grant awards by 70% to over £120,000.
The charity also aims to launch a new support service to care workers; invest in its Champions through training, reward and recognition; increase its Supporters Club by 50% and renew 70% of current members; as well as host a series of events to drive engagement.
To find out more contact Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org