Hilary Devey

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers is the largest provider of comprehensive support services, reaching more than 424,000 carers, including more than 28,500 young carers, through a unique network of 144 independently managed Carers’ Centres, 89 young carers’ services and interactive websites www.carers.org and www.youngcarers.net. To find your nearest Carers’ Centre, call 0844 800 4361.

 Each Carers’ Centre within The Network is an independent charity in its own right, delivering a wide range of local support services to meet the needs of carers in their own communities. Each provides expertise specific to their particular area of the UK, including:

• finding hidden carers via outreach in GP surgeries, hospital wards and schools;
• finding the right information for every carer, whatever their circumstances:
• making sure carers’ voices are listened to by local decision makers;
• supporting carers emotionally and practically throughout their caring journey;
• helping to make caring a positive experience by helping carers to share
• experiences and by ensuring access to breaks, education, training and employment.

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and The Network of Carers’ Centres work together so that carers’ voices are heard by regional and national decision making bodies.

The Trust employs research and data on carers held by The Network to make the case for Carers’ Centres and to instigate change. With considerable experience and knowledge of the network to pilot new more flexible ways of delivering services, The Trust actively demonstrates how these can be used in different parts of the UK.