Carers Trust celebrates £1m donated by The Quilter Foundation during three-year partnership
Carers Trust and The Quilter Foundation partnered in 2018 to transform the lives of young adult carers in the UK. The partnership was dedicated to support young adult carers aged 16-25 overcome barriers, build resilience, and transition successfully into adulthood.
The three-year partnership has been a great success. A huge amount of money has been donated for local support of young carers, and Quilter employees have dedicated over 450 hours to helping them.
In total, over 2,200 young carers have been supported through grants programmes with frontline partners, volunteering, and 250 skills development opportunities, helping them achieve their aspirations. The partnership was shortlisted for a Charity Times award for its impressive reach and positive outcomes.
A group of 11 amazing young adult carers on the Young Carers Steering Group have been pivotal to the strategic planning and co-designing of the Quilter Foundation partnership. Celina, a young adult carer, is part of the group. As time went by she became more and more involved, and she said “I found out about the steering group from my support worker. I wasn’t sure if I had the time to get involved at first but decided to give it a go.”
Celina’s confidence continued to grow. Whilst she was studying to become a vet assistant nurse, Celina was also able to get one-to-one support and advice from Quilter volunteers. After graduating, she secured her dream job in a vet practice. She continued: “The volunteers helped with my college course which was a massive help as I am dyslexic. I don’t think I would have got the grades without this help and it made me feel confident and supported.”
The Quilter Foundation partnership has made a big difference to Celina’s life. Thanks to her involvement with the Quilter group and local support from the Quilter-funded programme, as well as help from Quilter volunteers, Celina’s future looks bright.
Reflecting on the success of the partnership, Carers Trust’s Executive Director of Fundraising, Svetlana Kirov said: “The Quilter Steering Group has helped us build a strong foundation, ensuring that young carers’ voices are embedded in every level of our work.”
“We’re very grateful to The Quilter Foundation partnership. The £1million donated, and the time they have invested, has transformed the lives of so many. Together, we have created long-term change, helping young adult carers make positive changes in their journey into adulthood. Carers Trust knows that the Quilter Foundation partnership has enabled us to increase young carers’ wellbeing, and confidence in their futures.”
Nishant Puri, a Group Internal Audit Manager at Quilter, volunteered to help young carers learn about employment skills and budgeting. He said: “Being a carer myself, I could relate to the responsibilities of young carers and when the I saw the opportunity to volunteer at Carers Trust workshops, it just felt the right thing to do.
“I was able to share some helpful tips on personal finance, budgeting and savings with the young carers. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience volunteering.
Quilter-funded projects are also providing much-needed support for young carers within the Swindon community. Debbie Murphy-Myers, Service Delivery Manager from Swindon Carers Centre said: "When young carers turn 18, access to many services falls away. We are building a 'scaffolding' so that they are prepared for adulthood and life as an adult carer. The project provides opportunities for young carers to have their voices heard, influencing services both within Swindon Carers Centre and locally through a variety of platforms, including our Young Carers Forum.
"Young carers attending group sessions are gaining new support networks to build their self-esteem and improve their coping strategies around mental health. This enables them to feel more confident as individuals and better care for themselves, as well as their dependents."
In 2020, Carers Trust launched its first ever virtual programme of support for young carers, delivering online workshops and one to one coaching and support sessions. This project helped reach young carers in remote areas, as well as those who were housebound, enabling more to reach their potential.