Carers First is a charity that delivers information, advice and support to unpaid carers, who look after family members or friends who cannot manage on their own due to ill health, frailty or a disability. The charity offers support online, via a helpline and face to face in communities across the east of England and London. Last year the organisation reached over 250,000 carers. There are over 40,000 carers registered with the charity.
Since the pandemic, Carers First has seen an increase in the number of carers finding themselves in desperate financial need. During the pandemic, many carers had to give up their employment, using their savings and/or pension to get by. There are now additional expenses to factor in with the current cost of living and increased fuel prices.
“Money Guiders is a great programme for us in terms of making sure our staff have the skill base to address financial concerns, and handover to specialist agencies where needed,” said Alison Taylor, Chief Executive. “We’re trying to reach carers earlier in their journey before they’re really struggling, and provide enhanced services so they are not being passed back and forth between services.”