Carers Trust, the largest charity for unpaid carers, is set to benefit from a funding boost from The Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland in a new three year partnership.

The partnership - ‘Happier Futures – Better Lives’ will help support Carers Trust’s work with young carers, particularly through the online support services Babble and Matter aimed specifically at young and young adult carers and through grants to this group of unpaid carers.
 
There are an estimated 700,000 young carers in the UK. Findings from a recent Carers Trust’s survey showed:

  • 80% of young carers say they are missing out on what other children their age are doing because of their caring role;
  • 80% are carrying out their caring role every day;
  • 50% are helping to administer medicines to family members;
  • Almost a quarter of those surveyed are caring for more than 20 hours a week;
  • 41% are helping with personal care, such as washing and helping the person they care for to get dressed;
  • More than 60% of those surveyed are cleaning, shopping, cooking and looking after a brother or sister.

Inner Wheel is a charitable organisation which raises money for charities across Great Britain and Ireland. It is an all-female organisation operating across Great Britain and Ireland though local clubs.
 
The partnership could include a mixture of donations, volunteering opportunities and trips for young carers to attend.
 
Gail Scott-Spicer, Chief Executive of Carers Trust commented: “We are delighted to have been chosen as Inner Wheels partner charity. We know that the support we offer to young and young adult carers through our online support services really does make a difference to their lives and this funding will help us ensure that more young and young adult carers receive the support that they need.”
 
Thelma Pascoo, International Inner Wheel Representative "The Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland are delighted to have Carers Trust as their chosen charity for the three year social project ‘Happier Futures – Better Lives’ and look forward to a successful partnership."