Project information

Carers Activity Fund

At any one time, 1-in-10 of us is caring for a loved one with a disability or long term illness, in Northamptonshire, this equates to 70,000 Carers who are likely to sacrifice their health, careers and social lives. Our aim is to provide short breaks for carers and improve their wellbeing & health.

April 2017 - April 2018

Charity information: Northamptonshire Carers

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  • Need


    Carers can be anyone and anyone can become a carer at any time. Three in five people will be carers at some point in their lives. Like all of us carers benefit from time away from the stresses of life and to meet others with shared experiences.
    According to a Carers UK survey carers with large caring roles are more likely to be in ill-health as a result, including mental health deterioration and higher risk of stroke.
    This demonstrates the higher need of carers to get a break from caring.


    We will offer a carers a range of activities to suit their individual needs. We will provide group support during the early stages of a dementia diagnosis in the family, this will enable carers or potential carers to receive timely advice and be linked into ongoing support when needed.
    We will run activities for carers which will allow them time away from caring to socialise and learn a new skill.
    We will provide a volunteer sitting service that gives carers a few hours to themselves.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve Carers Wellbeing


    » Living Well With Dementia courses is for families to educate them on dementia, coping mechanisms and how their wellbeing can be maintained.
    » Our Volunteer Sitting Service allows carers to have a few hours to themselves whilst the person they care for is supported at home.
    » Lunch clubs, coffee mornings and support groups open up access to our other services such as our Carers Choir, a Carers Assessment and short breaks

    What success will look like

    By monitoring surveys asking about improvement to health and wellbeing

    Aim 2

    Reduce the social isolation of carers


    » Living Well With Dementia courses last for 5 weeks but enable carers or potential carers to make new friends whilst opening up our other services
    » Our sitting service is used by those caring for a loved one with dementia. Getting a few hours a week away from this role allows them to meet friends
    » Lunch clubs, coffee mornings and support groups provide peer support and socialisation which is vital for carers who can easily become isolated

    What success will look like

    By monitoring surveys asking also about social isolation and whether friendships were formed from attending our activities

  • Impact


    Our monitoring survey will also look at longer-term changes such as return to employment and sustainability of the caring role. As a charity we have other services such as Carers Assessments, gym access and holiday lodges that newly identified carers can be referred into which aims to provide a more holistic, long-term approach.
    We would expect over 70% of recipients to be aged 55 or older. This demographic is at greater risk of isolation and ill health which our services will help reduce.


    Previous reliance on statutory funding. We have recently had our local authority and NHS contracts renewed which allows for some services to still be funded but others need external funding, hence our application.


    We will publish an annual report which will be sent to donors from this project. This will include what services have been delivered and improvements in carer wellbeing etc as a result. We will engage with donors and those that pledge support online and using social media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £11,497

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,348 Living Well With Dementia Staff costs: £83.71per session (covers 2 staff) x 5 sessions per course x 8 courses per year
      £2,700 Volunteer expeses Travel expenses for 40 volunteers a year based on 45p/mile
      £1,384 Volunteer training/DBS Training & DBS costs for 20 new volunteers per year plus refresher training for existing volunteers
      £3,200 Group expenses Room hire costs based on 160 groups per year accross the county, £20 each
      £865 Admin costs To cover booking carers into activities & processing monitoring surveys
  • Background


    Our base is in Welingborough but activities will be spread across Northamptonshire. As per the 2011 census there are around 70,000 carers in the county from all backgrounds. Carers though are more likely to be in ill health and/or financial difficulties as a result of their caring role.


    17% of carers who had taken a break of more than a few hours experienced mental ill-health compared to 36% of carers who did not. This and our plans to sustain wellbeing illustrates how beneficial our service are to carers. Improving the wellbeing of carers has wider benefits for the person they care for, NHS & social care.
    This project focuses primarily on carers of a loved one with dementia and as a result we would expect over 70% of those accessing this support to be over 55 years of age.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    It started as a simple idea: to improve the quality of life for local Carers. We may have grown since our humble beginning in 1992 but our mission remains the same. We support Carers of all ages from Kings Sutton to Kingscliffe and continue to fight for Carers at all points in between.

    We run a whole host of other services and deliver the statutory duty of providing Carers Assessments. As a result there will be much value added to these services from what we already deliver.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Gwyn Roberts

    Deputy CEO of Northamptonshire Carers

It could be me or you by Northamptonshire Carers Choir


£70 trains a volunteer in dementia, safeguarding and lone working as well as completes a DBS check

Northamptonshire Carers have played a huge part in both our lives and I know it’s them that have given me the strength to cope with whatever problems we have.

Elaine, Carer