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Shared Lives Plus Awarded Share Of £700,000 Funding For Volunteers That Support Unpaid Family Carers

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SHARED LIVES PLUS AWARDED SHARE OF £700,000 funding for volunteers that support unpaid family carers




Shared Lives Plus, the Liverpool based national membership organisation for Shared Lives schemes and Shared Lives carers has been awarded funding from the Cabinet Office’s Carers Social Action Support Fund.




As Carers’ Rights Day begins across the UK, seven inspiring social action projects across the UK have been awarded £700,000 to support unpaid family carers, including Shared Lives Plus in Liverpool


The funding will help seven volunteering programmes provide crucial support for unpaid family carers, including young adult carers and carers of people with dementia.


The investment recognises the impact volunteers, including carers supporting each other, can make on carers feeling supported in their caring role - whether by allowing them to take a break from caring; sharing their experiences of caring; or receiving practical and emotional support.


In Liverpool funding has been awarded to Shared Lives Plus.


The funding will help to develop a programme of short breaks services within Shared Lives schemes, offering support to family carers.


Others awarded funding include: the British Red Cross Shropshire, Age UK Buckinghamshire, Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Devon Carers, Parkinson’s UK, and Thirsk Community Care.


Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson said:


“I am delighted to announce the winners of the Carers Social Action Support Fund. These projects showcase the potential of social action to support carers in their caring role.


From enabling isolated older carers to take time out from caring, to equipping young adult carers with key life skills, social action can make a real difference to people carrying out this incredibly important role. ’










The Centre for Social Action is a collaboration between the Cabinet Office and Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, to support the growth of programmes that encourage people to make positive change through social action. The funding for these projects comes from the Centre for Social Action.

The fund will be administered by the Social Investment Business on behalf of the Cabinet Office.





The Carers Social Action Support Fund opened for applications on 22nd September, and closed on 22nd October. Up to £1m was available for social action projects that support carers. Approximately £700,000 has been awarded following a fair and open competition process to projects that have met the requirements around social action, measurement of impact, sustainability and capacity to deliver.


Funding breakdown for each grantee:


  • Age UK Buckinghamshire - £90,000
  • British Red Cross - £80,000
  • Carers Trust Cambridgeshire - £100,000
  • Devon Carers - £140,000
  • Parkinson's UK - £50,000
  • Shared Lives Plus - £130,000
  • Thirsk Community Care - £110,000





nb: Whilst Shared Livers carers receive a modest allowance to assist with covering costs of the service provided, Shared Lives offers a unique mix of the paid and the unpaid with volunteering support being offered by the Shared Lives carer and also often their friends, family and neighbours.





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