Care UK proud to announce the arrival of its new Wellbeing Foundation

March 7, 2014

Spring 2014 saw the launch of a brand new organisation which will support national and local causes that help to create and sustain the wellbeing of people in their local communities.

What is the Care UK Wellbeing Foundation?

Every year our colleagues working across our health and social care services have been raising thousands of pounds for good causes, and we support their efforts by matching the money they raise.

The Care UK Wellbeing Foundation will build on the commitment to these individuals to give something back to the community at company level by investing in good causes aligned to our values and purpose.

Each year the Foundation will support causes of a different theme. In 2014 the theme is Promoting wellbeing through the arts

How does it work?

This year the Care UK Wellbeing Foundation will invest £100,000 in charitable projects which promote wellbeing through the arts. This investment will be structured around three key areas.

10 per cent will go towards research that will benefit the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable in society.

Care UK knows that research helps to identify where resources are best focused to benefit the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable in society. Each year, 10 per cent of the Foundation’s total investment will go towards clinical or academic research unpinning our chosen theme.

This year our chosen research project aims to establish the positive effects of music therapy on our care home residents, particularly those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. We’ve teamed up with one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras, Manchester Camerata, to carry out a pilot scheme of the project, called Music in Mind. The project will initially be with residents and colleagues at Station House care home in Cheshire, and we will work with the University of Manchester to evaluate findings and use them to take practical steps across our organisation to improve the wellbeing of people living with dementia.

60 per cent will go to a national charity that relates to our theme. The Foundation’s care experts, drawn from across the care specialisms within Care UK, have selected a small number of possible charities and care home managers, hospital directors, mental health specialists, care at home managers and other care experts from across our organisations are making a final choice in the spring.

30 per cent goes to small charities and community groups. Care UK colleagues and members of the public can apply for funds for good causes in their area whose activities support our theme. Our care experts will decide on the most deserving causes and the Foundation will provide up to £2,000 to each group to help them with their activities.