People's Postcode Lottery
Carers Trust is delighted to have the support of the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Since 2017, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised £2,250,000 through the Postcode Care Trust to provide vital support to unpaid carers.
This invaluable support will transform the help we can offer unpaid carers, providing grants to individuals and enabling us to kick-start vital projects:
Improving support for carers from diverse communities
In 2020, support from players enabled Carers Trust to commission research examining the landscape and availability of support services for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) carers across the UK-wide Carers Trust Network. Carers Trust is committed to improving access to services for carers from BAME communities. We recognise that this research project is the first of many varied steps needed to make that change. This report started the conversation with Network Partners and went some way to identifying what some of the barriers are for BAME carers in accessing support services, but further research and crucially consultation with carers from a range of BAME communities is needed on how they were identified and the types of services and activities they would like to be developed.
This initial piece of research has been crucial in attracting interest and funding from other sources. Carers Trust has been awarded additional funding to take forward increased work with a range of seldom recognised carer communities including those from BAME backgrounds. Building on one of the findings in this research, Carers Trust will continue working in partnership with Network Partners throughout 2021.
Addressing loneliness and isolation
Thanks to support from players, we launched a new programme in 2019 aimed at reducing loneliness and social isolation via Peer Support Groups for carers. The programme also included education sessions to give carers helpful insights into their caring role, coping mechanisms and the condition of the person they care for.
In 2020, continued support helped over 365 unpaid carers stay connected virtually during the pandemic. With many unpaid carers isolated and lonely at home, these virtual peer support groups have been a real lifeline for carers.
“Living in a remote village and caring for my husband, who has little or no conversation, it has been revolutionary to find like-minded people living locally and who understand how lonely and isolating caring can be”.
For Carers Week 2021 we highlighted the support of the players of the People's Postcode Lottery in addressing isolation for women carers with an Asian background in Blackburn and Darwen during the pandemic.
Support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery also contributes to our Carers Funds grants programme. In 2020, we supported 413 unpaid carers with an emergency grant to help them cope with the challenges of the pandemic. Thanks to players support, we were able to support carers like Belinda with an emergency grant for a new laptop: “This is enormously valuable both in making my caring role easier and to lessen my sense of isolation. It will enable me to do online shopping and I will be able to support my younger son with his schoolwork.”
Thank you to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for their support of Carers Trust today and throughout the year. Recent funding is awarded by Postcode Care Trust, who People’s Postcode Lottery manage lotteries for.
Celebrating the players of People's Postcode Lottery support
"We are thrilled to be supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Three in five of us will become carers and anyone can become a carer at any point in their lives. It’s therefore vital that help and support are available when it is most needed. Some of the money raised by players will fund breaks for groups of carers, this is an excellent way to tackle loneliness among carers as well as helping them meet people with similar experiences.”
Svetlana Kirov, Director of Fundraising and Communications, Carers Trust
“Carers Trust provides vital support to carers and allows them respite in a role that can often be very lonely. I am delighted that funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery is enabling Carers Trust to continue to offer this fantastic service.”
Laura Chow, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery
Information about People’s Postcode Lottery
- People’s Postcode Lottery manages lotteries on behalf of 20 Postcode Trusts. People play with their chosen postcodes for a chance to win cash prizes. A minimum of 33% from each subscription goes directly to charities and good causes in Britain and internationally. Players have raised more than £750 million so far. For details of the charities and good causes which are promoting and benefitting from the lottery draws, please visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk/good-causes/draw-calendar.
- It costs £10 a month to play and winning postcodes are announced every day. The maximum amount a single ticket can win is 10% of the draw proceeds. For details, please visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk/prizes.
- New players can sign up to pay using direct debit by calling 0808 10 9 8 7 6 5. New players who sign up online at www.postcodelottery.co.uk can pay using direct debit, debit card or PayPal.
- Postcode Lottery Limited is regulated by the Gambling Commission under licence numbers: 000-000829-N-102511 and 000-000829-R-102513. Registered office: 2nd Floor, 31 Chertsey Street, Guildford, Surrey, England, GU1 4H.
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