Making Carers Count is a multi-partner programme aiming to identify and support carers who are under-represented amongst community groups. The programme also supports unpaid carers disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This programme created new and wider collaborations, extending engagement methods, increasing learning, and enhancing the support delivered to unpaid carers from these groups. 

The programme has been delivered through three strands:

Adult carers from under-represented groups

Local, meaningful and strategic projects to improve engagement with unpaid carers currently under-represented in receiving local carer support services.

Young carers and young adult carers 

Dedicated services for young carers and/or young adult carers where support is widely inconsistent or does not exist.

Increasing access to peer support   

Improving and diversifying online support for unpaid carers.

Making Carers Count is led by Carers Trust and delivered in partnership with its network of partners (local carer organisations) and Carers UK. It is being delivered between January 2021 and March 2024. Making Carers Count is funded by the Covid-19 Support Fund.

In relation to ethnic minority carers (one of the 4 groups of carers this project focused on) the Race Equality Foundation has helped to produce the following:

  • Research report on the experiences of ethnic minority carers during COVID-19
  • Best practice guide on supporting ethnic minority carers
  • Webinar on supporting ethnic minority carers

We also supported the publication of a research report on the experiences of carers of faith (this was a separate area of focus for the programme, but does link in with work around ethnic minority carers).

The final briefing includes the latest data from Carers UK State of Caring survey 2023, plus the data from Census 2021 on ethnic minority carers.