Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage MP, has launched a new government fund today aimed at investing in innovative new ways to support millions of unpaid carers across England.
The Carers Innovation Fund is seeking to invest in bold new projects designed outside mainstream health and social care services. To receive funding, projects must demonstrate the potential for creating a clear and positive impact on carers’ wellbeing.
According to a statement from the Department for Health and Social Care, the fund will focus on new projects capable of offering a different approach to supporting carers address challenges arising from their caring role. These could include: technology platforms designed to help carers get a break from their caring responsibilities; and peer support groups like Carers’ Cafes or Men’s Sheds that aim to provide carers with company and a relaxing atmosphere, thereby breaking down loneliness and isolation among carers.
CEO of Carers Trust, Giles Meyer, was with Caroline Dinenage for today’s launch of the fund at Carers Centre Tower Hamlets - one of Carers Trust’s 137 Network Partners providing services and support to unpaid carers across the UK. Welcoming the launch of the Carers Innovation Fund, Giles Meyer said:
“I was delighted to attend today’s launch of the Carers Innovation Fund which is an exciting new initiative with the potential to make a real impact on the lives of millions of unpaid carers.
“I was especially pleased that Caroline Dinenage chose our Network Partner, Carers Centre Tower Hamlets, as the venue for today’s launch. Noone understands better than carers themselves what is needed to make a difference to their lives. And our network of carer focused charities right across the UK are constantly listening to the carers they work with about the problems they face. I am sure that many of our partners will take advantage of that specialist knowledge to come up with the sort of ideas and projects that the fund is looking to invest in.”