The National Care Forum (NCF) – is the leading association for not-for-profit care and support providers. 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. The National Care Forum 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, who are one of NCF’s 165 members, 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 The National Care Forum 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.”
Professor Vic Rayner OBE, CEO of the NCF said:
“NCF are delighted to be founding members of this initiative. By committing to the £500 challenge we will contribute to fund vital work to support and make a difference to care workers all over the country through this great charity.”
We urge 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.
Please donate what you can by following this link to The Care Workers’ Charity website: https://www.thecareworkerscharity.org.uk/the-care-workers-charity-500-fundraiser/
Note to Editors:
- The National Care Forum brings together over 165 of the UK’s leading social care organisations, representing large numbers of care providers, offering thousands of services across the country, which are not for profit and always at the heart of community provision. Collectively, these organisations deliver more than £2.2 billion of social care and support to more than 217,000 people in 8,300 settings. The NCF membership body collectively employs more than 117,000 staff and 14,000 volunteers.
- More information is available on the National Care Forum at www.nationalcareforum.org.uk. @NCFCareForum @vicrayner @NCF_Liz
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