The Care Workers’ Charity – Founding Member
We are proud to be a Founding Member of the £500 Challenge – a fundraising campaign launched by The Care Workers’ Charity encouraging businesses across the adult social care sector to commit to an annual donation of £500, the same as an average grant they award to a care worker experiencing financial hardship.
Social care is experiencing a workforce crisis, and it is important now more than ever that organisations in the sector come together to recognise the immense value and tireless contributions of care workers across the UK in helping services to stay open. Age UK North Tyneside are contributing to this worthwhile cause to ensure that there is a helping hand for care workers in these difficult times.
By signing up as a Founding Member, we hope to encourage other organisations to sign up themselves. The Care Workers’ Charity is experiencing high demand for their services – since 2020 they have made over 6000 grants to care workers in crisis. If one in ten organisations providing and organising care in the UK accepted the £500 Challenge, they could raise £2.5 million per year to support care workers.
Karolina Gerlich, CEO of The Care Workers’ Charity said:
“We are extremely grateful to Age UK North Tyneside who have signed up as a Founding Member of our £500 Challenge. Every organisation who signs up and spreads the word is making it more likely that our charity can support care workers across the UK, providing the right support when it is needed most. We hope to sign up hundreds of businesses, ensuring that we have the funds we need to continue providing essential grants and mental health support in the years to come.”
Dawn McNally Chief Executive of Age UK North Tyneside said:
“As a large provider of quality, adult social care in North Tyneside and Newcastle we were delighted to support the Challenge. Now more than ever we find ourselves living in challenging times. Our care team has done incredible work before, during and after the Covid-19 pandemic and we support our workforce by whatever means available to us”.
Age UK North Tyneside urges organisations working in adult social care to accept this challenge and show that they really care about supporting the people who make up our essential workforce. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that care workers are supported to stay in their jobs and have a place to go in times of crisis.