Grey Matter Learning show support for unpaid care workers
2 min read/Published On: July 4, 2024/491 words/

Grey Matter Learning show support for unpaid care workers

Leading provider of eLearning for the social care sector, Grey Matter Learning, is shining a spotlight on the incredible work of unpaid carers, by giving them free access to over 100 care courses for 3 months.

The initiative, which comes on the back of Carers Week and celebrates Good Care Month, aims to help put carers ‘on the map’ and offer them access to a suite of courses, designed to boost competency and confidence.

In a report published by CarersUK, it found that an estimated 10.1 million current and former unpaid carers say caring had a negative impact on their mental health. Furthermore, 62% of those who are currently providing (or those who have previously provided) unpaid care said that they had no choice in taking on the role. These shocking statistics spurred Grey Matter Learning on to want to help tackle this crisis, by giving unpaid carers access to courses that help boost their own mental health and wellbeing, as well as covering many of the fundamental skills and competency based courses crucial to work in the social care sector such as The Care Certificate, Medication Administration, Lone Working, Dementia Awareness, Moving and Handling and First Aid Skills to name just a few.

Talking of the newly launched campaign, Rachel Houlden, Managing Director of Grey Matter Learning said:

“As an organisation, we are deeply committed to not only driving up the standards of care in residential care, but also domiciliary care where most unpaid carers work. According to the 2021 Census, there are 5 million unpaid carers in England and Wales alone, with figures published by CarersUK stating that unpaid carers in England and Wales contribute a staggering £162 million to the economy every year.

“However, we also know from recent reports that 73% of the UK population said that the next Government should provide more support for unpaid carers, and whilst our campaign won’t solve the problem in its entirety, it will allow us to offer greater support for unpaid carers and to shine a spotlight on a forgotten workforce within the care sector. It’s for this reason why we felt so passionate about offering a tangible solution to a sector in crisis.”

The campaign, which is running throughout July, will give unpaid carers access to Grey Matter Learning’s award-winning eLearning platform, Click, for 3 months. In order to access the training, unpaid carers simply need to prove their carer status via the likes of a Carer’s Card, Attendance Allowance Letter or Valid Blue Badge to name just a few.

This offer is the latest pledge to the care sector made by Grey Matter Learning, after offering 3,000 Personal Carers access to Click in early 2023. Such initiatives, as well as their vast numbers of subscribed care professionals, have resulted in the organisation generating £7,764,000 of social value and delivering a social return of £17.25 for every £1 spent on their services between 2021 – 2022.

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