NEW CHAIR OF TRUSTEES CareTech Foundation CEO Jonathan Freeman MBE has been appointed as the new Chair of Trustees of Carers Worldwide, the international development charity promoting recognition and support of family carers in low- and middle-income countries. He replaces the outgoing Founding Chair, Chris Underhill MBE who has been with the charity since its inception in 2012.

Speaking on his appointment, Jonathan said: “Carers Worldwide is an amazing charity with a hugely important mission. I am humbled to have been given the opportunity to support the next phase of their ambitious journey to ensure that unpaid carers in the Global South and beyond are recognised, supported and respected properly.”

Jonathan joins the Board at a time of expansion, with four new trustees appointed: Dionne Williams, Ian Yates, Maria Andrews and Maveen Pereira. Working together with existing trustees, they will drive forward the organisation’s ambitious 10-year vision to create a world where no carer is leſt behind.

Founder and Executive Director of Carers Worldwide, Anil Patil commented: “Our most diverse Board yet, the trustees bring a rich mix of skills and expertise which will assist us in placing carers even more firmly on the agendas of governments, NGOs and corporates across the Global South.

The skills needed to strengthen all areas of the organisation, including our new training and consultancy offer will be very present. In addition, the lived personal and professional experiences of caring that many of our Trustees bring to the Board will continue to ensure an authentic understanding of carers and their lives will stay at the heart of all we do.”

Jonathan Freeman is CEO of the CareTech Charitable Foundation, a position he has held since its establishment in 2017. The CareTech Foundation supports and champions the social care sector, care workers and those living in care. Jonathan is also Vice Chair of the cross-sector Championing Social Care initiative.


AS VIRTUAL EVENT The Care Workers’ Charity has announced that it will be hosting Professional Care Workers’ Week (PCWW) between 6th-10th September 2021. This year’s event marks the fourth time the event has been run, and the second time it has been organised and led by The Care Workers’ Charity. Last year’s event was held virtually, and the decision was made to do the same this year due to uncertainty around COVID-19 infections, and to ensure the event is inclusive and accessible to a wider audience.

This year, Professional Care Workers’ Week will shine a light on the work happening in the social care sector; exploring some of the issues faced by the workforce, as well as challenges faced by the sector as a whole. Aims this year include to highlight and increase wider understanding of what it means to work in social care – and the charity looks forward to hearing directly from care workers and care managers, to have their voices central in discussions.

Collaboration is at the heart of PCWW, which provides a platform for people to share best practice, experiences and to have discussions about topics such as the future of social care, how to retain and build the workforce and the rise of technology. Such collaboration is key to uniting the sector, and is always a key aim of the event which has a variety of exciting panel discussions and workshops.

Karolina Gerlich, Chief Executive Officer of The Care Workers’ Charity said: “We are thrilled to announce the return of Professional Care Workers’ Week this September, and hope you will join us as we bring the social care community together to raise much needed awareness of the sector and to share admiration for our incredible workforce.”

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