There are 5.4 million carers in England and 1 in 3 of us will become a carer at some point in our lives. Carers providing round the clock care are more than twice as likely to be in bad health as non-carers (Census, 2011). 70% of carers caring for 50 hours or more a week have a long-standing health condition, compared to 51% of non-carers (GP Patient Survey 2013).
About the fund
The Carers Social Action Support Fund of up to £1 million is part of the Centre for Social Action. The fund will be run by the Social Investment Business (SIB) on behalf of the Cabinet Office. We asked organisations with a social mission who provided public services, that were looking to build on, or adapt, inspiring social action projects for carers to apply for funding.