Carers Worldwide is the only organisation exclusively highlighting and tackling the issues facing unpaid family carers in the global South. This vulnerable and hidden group, caring for family members who are disabled, sick or elderly, are at high risk of social stigma, isolation, ill health and poverty. Carers Worldwide promotes their inclusion and give them a voice. We do this by partnering with local NGOs to facilitate carer-specific services: access to support groups, respite, healthcare and counselling, along with support for livelihood activities that can co-exist with caring. To promote long term change, we promote the work of carers associations and partner with governments, as well as national and international NGOs to bring about changes in policy and practice for carers.
Established in 2012, we have transformed directly the lives of 73,000 carers and family members through our partnerships with local organisations in the countries where we work. In addition, legislative changes implemented as the result of our advocacy work are improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of carers.
We are now embarking on the next exciting stage of the Carers Worldwide journey as we seek to amplify our reach and diversify our ways of working, in order to reach an ambitious target of impacting the lives of 10 million carers by 2030 through a combination of policy change and direct work.
Our current Chair is Chris Underhill MBE. He came into the post as the organisation was established and so has worked as Founding Chair alongside Anil Patil, the founder of the organisation. In recent years the Board has been substantially reinforced, the organisation has grown, and the programme has been well established in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. A sister organisation, Carers Worldwide India, has been established.
A new 10-year vision for the organisation envisions the continuation of a significant programme working with carers and partner organisations in the three countries and beyond. The plan also outlines ambitious plans for expansion of our successful and sought after consulting skills with a variety of customers, many of whom are from the corporate sector as well as not-for-profit and government.
The search for a new Chair
Chris Underhill is coming to the end of his tenure in July 2021. As Founding Chair, he has brought to the role his skills in starting up and developing young organisations, in-depth knowledge of international development, a strong reputation across the third sector and access to extensive networks. The Board is now looking for an exceptional individual who can guide the organisation into the next phase of its development. Applications are welcome from individuals with experience in the not for profit, public or private sectors. Areas of expertise could include international development work, health and social care or social enterprise, but individuals from any background who can demonstrate the skills we are looking for will be considered.
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