Partnering with Carers Trust

Oaks are thrilled to announce that we have been commissioned to support national network membership charity, Carers Trust, in the development of their 2022-2025 organisational strategy.

Carers Trust has been operational since 1st April 2012, formed by the merger between The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care. The charity works alongside 124 Network Partners across the UK to improve support, services, and recognition for the unpaid carers of friends and family members who are ill, frail, disabled or suffer from mental health or addiction problems.

Carers Trust’s previous three-year strategy ended in 2020, and strategy development was put on hold due to the immediate requirements of supporting Network Partners and unpaid carers at the height of the pandemic. However, in the national context of Covid recovery and heightened awareness of unpaid carers, the Trust is now seeking to develop a strategy that addresses the post-pandemic need for continuity and change.

The two phased approach sees Oaks work alongside Carers Trust’s executive team and its Ambassador, Professor Saul Becker, to refresh their vision and deliver a long-term strategic plan.

Commenting on the launch of the project, Katy Baker, Director of Services at Oaks, said:

“During the last eighteen months, unpaid carers throughout the UK have faced innumerable challenges. The results of a Carers Trust survey published last year indicate that the pandemic has led to a worrying decline in the mental health and wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of young people providing care.

We are so excited to work alongside Carers Trust, a brilliant charity delivering real value to the lives of carers and their connections. It’s our belief that we can help them develop a strategy that reflects their core values and allows them to maximise their positive impact.”

Rohati Chapman, Carers Trust’s Executive Director of Programmes and Impact, continued:

Covid-19 has had a profound impact on millions of unpaid carers across the UK, including the services and support they need to balance their caring responsibilities with their own wellbeing. We are therefore delighted to be working with Oaks and the entire team at Carers Trust to develop a new strategy that reflects these changes, while continuing to deliver our core mission to provide exhausted unpaid carers with the support they need and deserve.”

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