The Quilter Foundation

Quilter Foundation

Carers Trust launched its collaborative partnership with The Quilter Foundation in October 2018.

The partnership is dedicated to transforming the lives of young adult carers in the UK, with Quilter aiming to raise £1.5m for pioneering support services for some of the UK’s 376,000 young people aged 16-25 with caring responsibilities. 

The partnership is creating long-term change through programmes such as Inspiring Change, an Aspirations Fund, and a volunteering programme for Quilter staff, helping young adult carers make positive changes in their journey into adulthood.  The aim of these programmes is to provide immediate wellbeing support, as well as build career-related skills and develop resilience among young people.

Thanks to support from Quilter employees and The Quilter Foundation, we have so far supported 1,521 young adult carers through volunteering, employability support, and mental health and wellbeing grants.  

Quilter staff supporting young adult carers

"I can’t thank you all enough for letting me be part of the workshops and for all the new skills I learnt. It’s definitely an experience I won’t forget, and I now feel more confident for the future.”

Young adult carer

In 2020, we launched our first ever virtual programme of support for young adult carers, including online workshops and one-to-one coaching or support sessions. Quilter employees are truly committed to this partnership, doing even more to support young adult carers in a virtual environment, through volunteering and fundraising.

So far, more than 187 young adult carers have been supported by Quilter volunteers, to learn new skills and develop their confidence.

“Volunteering for Carers Trust is truthfully the most rewarding time I have spent within my role to date. Being able to engage and speak with young adult carers is hugely significant for me, as I used to be one myself. These people have lives and responsibilities that anyone who hasn't been in that situation would find very hard to truly understand and get their head around, and so being able to take time out of my day-to-day to speak with these remarkable individuals; and to offer any support, help or guidance that I can, is incredibly humbling.”
Quilter volunteer

In July 2020, Quilter employees raised an incredible £15,000 through a virtual cycle ride led by Quilter’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark Satchel.

At Christmas time, Quilter employees and Quilter Christmas champions came together to raise £10,640 for young adult carers, enabling us to continue to deliver crucial projects throughout December, reaching an estimated 285 young adult carers. 

Quilter is keen to have a direct impact, beyond its fundraising efforts. This year, Quilter CEO, Paul Feeney, has recorded a special video message for Young Carers Action Day (16 March 2021), urging employers to do more to support young and young adult carers.

"Unpaid carers save the UK an astonishing £132bn a year. A figure that will most certainly grow as our society ages. Young people involved in the care of family members can feel isolated, struggle with mental health issues and tend to have poorer outcomes in education and employment. That’s not acceptable and we can do something about that. As part of our partnership Quilter plc employees will bring their passion and time to directly help young carers in their local communities through Carers Trust’s network.”
Paul Feeney, CEO, the Quilter Foundation and Chair of The Quilter Foundation

"We know that young adult carers are more likely to fall behind, be bullied and suffer from anxiety and depression. The impact of caring at this critical stage can severely impact their ability to prosper in adulthood. It’s amazing to have supported so many young adult carers already thanks to funds raised and time volunteered by Quilter employees. Funds raised for the partnership will continue to help us make a real difference to young carers' lives and achieve a step change in public understanding of caring responsibilities and attitudes towards young adult carers.”
Svetlana Kirov, Director of Fundraising and Communications, Carers Trust

Keep up to date 

If you’d like to be updated on news and developments with this partnership, follow Carers Trust on Twitter @CarersTrust, and Quilter @Quilter.

To find out more, or to get involved, please contact the Carers Trust Corporate Fundraising Team at fundraising@carers.org.