Carers UK is helping 5,000 unpaid carers across London to connect with others in their communities and get the support they need, thanks to an MCF grant from London Freemasons.
The Carer Aware project sees Carers UK working with communities in London to help them better identify carers in their communities, understand and recognise the challenges for people caring for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill, and help signpost them to the support they can receive from Carers UK.
Freemasons helped to kick-start the project with a £48,204 grant, and by volunteering to test the format of the interactive events and accompanying learning materials.
There are almost 700,000 unpaid carers in London
On average, carers are seven times lonelier than the average person, and restrictions and shielding during the pandemic have impacted support networks – leaving 65 per cent of carers lonelier and more isolated than before the pandemic. Now that we are all beginning to reforge social connections, carers must not be left out.
Previous research by the charity shows that:
- 52 per cent of carers said their health was affected by missing out on support because of the time it took them to identify as a carer.
- 51 per cent of people in England believe they don’t know a single family member or friend who is a carer, whilst62 per cent believe they don’t know any work colleagues who help look after a loved one.