About Us Our Story There are 1.5 million care workers in the UK, contributing to one of the largest workforces, and caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. For the UK's care workers, early starts, long hours and mentally draining work are part and parcel of the job. As a result, it's all too easy for illness, or other unforeseen circumstances, to push them beyond their financial limits. Why do we exist? Carers look after society’s most vulnerable individuals, often for little reward. They spend their careers assisting others, but when circumstances change, sometimes it is the carers who need some help. How can we help? We provide hardship grants to the individuals who have worked in registered residential care, home care or supported living services, as defined by the Care Quality Commission, Care Inspectorate Wales, Care Inspectorate Scotland or RQIA (Northern Ireland). We offer two types of grants, typically limited to £500: Essential needs grants One-off payment towards the cost of an item or a need necessary to sustain the basic health, or to improve a poor quality of life of the person or family - for example, essential appliances, keeping a home warm, essential household requirements or health improvement aids. Crisis grants One-off payment to support someone experiencing an unforeseen or life changing circumstance, such as bereavement, illness or injury and who has no resources to meet associated costs which could include funeral expenses, moving home, travel to hospital expenses, home repairs. Our Vision A UK where no care worker faces financial hardship alone. Background There are around 3,000 benevolent funds in all shapes and sizes across the UK, supporting people from all manner of working backgrounds, such as the police, fire fighters, pharmacists and mechanics. But until 2009, there was no such fund for care workers. In 2009, 15 key industry operators set up The Care Professional Benevolent Fund. By providing the initial funds to establish the charity, these individuals laid the foundations for an organisation dedicated to helping current and former care workers. At the end of 2013, The Care Professionals Benevolent Fund re-launched as ‘The Care Workers Charity’.