About Us FOUNDED IN 2009 The Challenge There are nearly 1.5 million care workers in the UK, contributing to one of largest workforces, and caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. 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. The Care Workers Charity exists to support current and former care workers with one-off hardship grants. 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 the carers who need some help. Our Story 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, former and retired care workers. At the end of 2013 The Care Professionals Benevolent Fund re-launched as ‘The Care Workers Charity'. In 2018 it awarded over £150,000 in grants to almost 400 care workers – nearly four times as many people as in 2017. In 2019 it expect to award £250,000. As a country, we depend on our care workers to be there for us when we are most vulnerable. The Care Workers Charity is there for them on theirs.