Mark Whitehead 12 June 2019

Launch of £5m fund to support unpaid carers

A new pot of government money will help promote the health and wellbeing of people who look after others, according to minister for care Caroline Dinenage.

She said the £5m Carers Innovation Fund would be used to improve support across the country and help build more 'carer-friendly communities'.

Projects eligible for funding would include include technology platforms to help carers to take a break from their caring responsibilities and support groups.

They will be expected to show a positive effect on carers’ health and wellbeing and their ability to manage work alongside responsibilities.

The voluntary sector, charities, SMEs and commercial organisations will all be able to bid for funding.

The fund was first announced last year as part of the Carers Action Plan, a cross-government programme of targeted work to support unpaid carers over the next two years.

Ms Dinenage said: 'Informal care is a fundamental part of our health and care system, which would not be sustainable without the incredible contribution of carers across the country.

'But we cannot take them for granted and must do more to protect their wellbeing and ensure they can enjoy full lives.

'This £5m investment will help build our understanding of the kinds of support that work for carers, outside of traditional healthcare services.'

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