The Care Workers’ Charity has set up an emergency fund for care workers who are having to isolate during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Fund aims to support those working on the front lines of care, who are either in an at-risk group, or are showing symptoms of the virus and are unable to work.
The Care Workers’ Charity is calling for donations to the emergency fund, with the aim of raising £1m as soon as possible. Grants will be available for care workers and the Charity is hoping to have funds within the accounts of workers within one or two days of applications.
Care workers, support workers and personal assistants are vital in these trying times, and without them the country will struggle to keep up with the huge demands being placed on both social care and the NHS.
Karolina Gerlich, Executive Director at The Care Workers’ Charity said, ‘COVID-19 is one of the biggest crises our generation will see in its lifetime.
‘Care workers are at the frontline of this, caring for the most vulnerable people in our society who are most susceptible to the virus. If a care worker needs to self-isolate they will fall into desperate need. For this reason, we need more funds for extra emergency grants.’
Donations can be made via the Care Workers’ Charity’s Just Giving page, and grants will be available to apply for from 30th March 2020 via the charity’s website.