Volunteers for Carers Project

What is this ‘Volunteers for Carers project?
Volunteers for Carers, is a project commissioned by Warwickshire County Council (WCC). The project started in July 2021 and is due to run through to the end of September 2022. The impetus for the project was the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on unpaid carers, many of whom lost their support networks overnight and are struggling to rebuild these in the current climate. With this in mind, the aim of the project is to develop volunteering programmes through existing VCSOs to support carers, particularly in relation to loneliness and social isolation. 

Information for groups providing support to carers and those they care forInformation for CarersInformation for potential volunteers

22 new projects for Carers Wellbeing supported through the 'Volunteers for Carers project'
Groups that support carers were encouraged to apply for grants of between £250 and £1,000 that offered the carers that they cared about an opportunity to focus on their wellbeing.

22 separate projects were funded through the grant, totalling £18,121 of expenditure.  The projects fell into the following categories:

  • respite to carers – both on a one to one basis and through opening up day care places to more families,

  • offering carers an opportunity to go on a supported day trip with their loved ones as part of a group outing, 

  • offering carers holistic therapies whilst their loved ones are being cared for and supported;

  • setting up fun days and days out for young carers over the summer recess;

For details of each project funded and for contact details to refer carers click the links below:

Respite to carers
- AmbaCare Solutions – County Wide
- Talk dementia – Wellesbourne and Tysoe

Day trips
- Carers for Carers - Kineton
- Phoenix Group – Nuneaton
- Phoenix Group – North Warwickshire

Holistic therapy sessions – parent carers
- ILEAP
- Take a break – County Wide

Holistic Therapy sessions – carers of adults
- VASA – Stratford District
- Bedworth Heath Community Centre
- Brunswick Hub – Leamington Spa

Parent Carer group
- Scamps – North Warwickshire
- The Makery (Guardians Grow) – Nuneaton
- Graham Adams Centre – Southam

Groups for Carers of Older People
- Forget me not café – Coleshill
- Alcester Day Care
- WRAP – Stratford

Fun activities for young carers
- Warwickshire Young Carers
- Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Equestrian Centre Riding for Disabled
- Crown Routes – Lillington
- Quirky Kids – Nuneaton
- Entrust Care Partnership – South Warwickshire
- Bradby Club – Rugby