With unpaid carers reporting lower levels of wellbeing than the general population, we've teamed up with Carers UK to better understand how to use sport and physical activity to combat it.
The project, which sees us awarding almost £100,000 of National Lottery funding to Carers UK, also aims to tackle loneliness among older carers.
54% of unpaid carers report they have reduced the amount of exercise they take because of caring
The announcement comes during Loneliness Awareness Week and marks the first investment of National Lottery funding allocated by us to act on the Government’s loneliness strategy, A Connected Society, that was announced by Prime Minister Theresa May in October last year.
Research suggests that there are currently 2.5 million carers aged 55+ in England, with that number on the rise.
Unpaid carers repeatedly report poor health outcomes and providing unpaid care is also a significant risk factor for chronic loneliness.
Financial costs and physical exhaustion have previously been identified as barriers to carers being active, but this funding will allow Carers UK to further their insight into how these obstacles affect different carers and what resources or support models would be most effective.
“Sport and physical activity has a unique role in bringing people together and building communities,” said our strategic lead for health, Sarah Ruane.