14th June 2017
New nationwide support for carers is needed now
This week marks the return of Carers Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of the vital contribution an estimated 6.5 million carers, that’s 1 in 8 adults, makes across the United Kingdom. Due to an increase in both the age and size of our population, as well as more complex long-term health conditions, this figure is set to rise to 9 million within the next twenty years.
The campaign this year continues to focus on building “carer friendly communities”. It comes as a report finds that an estimated 74% of the public in the United Kingdom think carers are not valued enough by society, whilst 3 in 4 carers do not feel their caring role is understood or valued by their community. The significant demands on caring means that eventually 1 in 5 carers will have to give up work altogether in order to meet their care responsibilities. This week alone will see another 42,000 people take on a caring responsibility.
A carer is somebody that looks after “an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend”, unpaid. Caring can be brief, helping somebody that has just left hospital to get better, but it can also be an intense 24 hour a day commitment. If the right support is not in place for the carers themselves, evidence shows ill health, poverty and social isolation is greatly increased.
This is a cause for concern financially as well as socially. As calculated by Carers UK, the University of Sheffield and the University of Leeds, 3 in 5 people across the United Kingdom will become carers at some point in their lives, making an estimated economic contribution of £132 billion per year to the economy. That’s an average of £19,336 per carer.
Future Care Capital would like the government to consider recognising carers more formally across the country, ensuring that support is available to maintain a work-life-care balance. We are calling for a national ‘resilience and respite’ programme to be established to nurture and care for carers.
Joel Charles, Deputy Chief Executive of Future Care Capital, said:
“Carers play a vital role in our society supporting friends and family across the country day in, day out. Carers Week is an important opportunity to focus attention on their needs and the issues they face. As our population grows older, increasing numbers of people will become carers to support loved ones. Future Care Capital is calling on the government to act now by setting up a new programme that supports the needs of carers. There should be no cliff edge once caring responsibilities end and carers look to plan their future.”
Notes to Editors
For all press enquiries, please contact Joel Charles, FCC Deputy Chief Executive, at [email protected].
‘About caring’, Carers week 2017. Accessible at: http://www.carersweek.org/about-us/about-caring
‘Building a carer friendly society – research summary for Carers Week 2017’, Carers Week. Accessible at:http://www.carersweek.org/images/CarersWeekResearchSummary_Unembargoed.pdf.
‘Valuing Carers 2015 – the rising value of carers’ support’ – Carers UK, the University of Sheffield, and the University of Leeds. Accessible at: http://www.carersuk.org/for-professionals/policy/policy-library/valuing-carers-2015
About Future Care Capital (FCC)
FCC is a charity, emerging from the sale of the awarding organisation, the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE), in September 2015.
Beginning life as the National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB) in 1945, the charity has evolved throughout its 70-year history and continues to have Her Majesty the Queen as its Royal Patron.
Following the sale of its awarding organisation business and assets (including the CACHE and NNEB brands) the charity has now embarked on its next chapter.
The Trustees have developed a detailed Strategy for the future direction of the charity and have recently approved the 10-year Business Plan. The Trustees have identified the following vision, goals and aspirations that follow on from the Charity’s objects:
Charitable Objects: To promote education, training, quality and standards in care, health and education and allied disciplines.
Vision Statement: The charity will be known for being the leading independent voice for applying evidence that will advocate for and deliver a step change in health and care, including the advancement of quality and standards as well as education and training for allied professions as a sustainable charity.
Mission: Engage, educate and involve all generations in the development and delivery of unified health and care provision.
Key Beneficiaries: Those in receipt of care.
Key Goals and Aspirations:
- Be recognised as a leading advocate and thought leader;
- to deliver a step change in the advancement of quality and standards, education and training in care and health and allied professions; and
- sustainably grow impact.
The charity has adopted an agile approach to delivery underpinned by an enabling internal culture and supporting systems that reflect its core values of empathy, diversity, openness and professionalism.
The charity’s core offerings are delivered through two collaborative but independent delivery vehicles:
Evidence based Advocacy – developing new policy propositions and solutions supported by evidence-based research, stimulating debate and innovation through events, publications, projects and discussions with diverse stakeholders including the general public.
Social Impact Investment Fund – an investment fund managed by the charity to invest in sustainable social enterprises through an Innovation Fund, which support better quality and standards of services in the care, health and related education and training, which will generate a commercial return for the charity, supported by a ‘collaborative hub’ with the charity at its centre, facilitating knowledge sharing, supporting innovation and best practice, and gathering evidence and insights to feed into the charity’s Advocacy operations.
Legally structured as a charity, FCC intends to operate as a dynamic, agile and commercially aware organisation: a true social enterprise.