The Co-operative hits £1Million milestone for Young Carers

17 April 2013

Staff at The Co-operative

The figure has been achieved less than three months after Sugababe singer Jade Ewen, herself a young adult carer, launched The Co-operative’s Charity of the Year partnership with Carers Trust.

Employees have ran marathons, completed gruelling cycle rides and braved Ben Nevis as they aim to raise a total of £5m to allow Carers Trust - which formed last year when The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care came together – to provide desperately needed breaks, information, advice and support and services for 14-25 year-olds facing the challenges of caring.

Michael Fairclough, The Co-operative’s Head of Community and Co-operative Investment, said: “I am delighted to see the enthusiasm our staff, members and customers are demonstrating in support of young people in our communities who undertake unpaid practical and emotional caring responsibilities for family members or friends who cannot cope without them.

“Although it will affect most families at some time, caring remains a hidden issue. Together we will put this issue on the agenda and make life changing differences to thousands of young lives.”

Thea Stein, Chief Executive of Carers Trust, said: “This is wonderful news. At the start of our partnership with The Co-operative we dared to dream of a transformative year for Carers Trust and for those hard-working young people all around us who desperately need our support and services.

“We are already hearing from young people across the UK who are thrilled that this hidden issue is being recognised and it is with thanks to the staggering support of The Co-operative.”

The Co-operative’s support for Carers Trust forms part of its commitment to inspiring young people.

There are an estimated 500,000 young adult carers (14-25 year-olds) in the UK who care for a family member or friend who are ill, frail, disabled or have mental health or addiction problems and cannot cope without their support.

For more information about The Co-operative’s Charity of the Year partnership with Carers Trust visit

Table: Caring Data, all ages 

There are an estimated 7m carers (of all ages) in the UK.

BY REGION Carers Numbers (all ages)
Scotland 657,300
Northern Ireland 213,980
Yorkshire & Humberside 551,341
North East 286,351
North West 781,972
Wales 370,230
East Midlands 490,249
West Midlands 614,888
East of England 597,591
South East 847,353
London 689,973
South West 570,298
Tyne and Wear 119,509
Cumbria 56,495
Greater Manchester (Met County) 280,299
Lancashire 133,213
Merseyside (Met County) 165,905
North Yorks 64,779
South Yorks (Met County) 148,905
West Yorks (Met County) 224,279
Derbyshire 92,761
Leicestershire 70,728
Lincolnshire 79,262
Northamptonshire 69,498
Nottinghamshire 90,698
Staffordshire 98,832
Warwickshire 59,240
Worcestershire 63,685
Cambridgeshire 60,176
Essex 146,211
Hertfordshire 108,615
Norfolk 94,691
Suffolk 77,745
Buckinghamshire 49,514
East Sussex 59,409
Hampshire 132,938
Kent 151,777
Oxfordshire 61,131
Surrey 108,433
West Sussex 84,395
Devon 84,884
Dorset 49,322
Gloucestershire 62,644
Somerset 58,382


Additional Information:

  • Young adult carers aged between 16 and 18 years are twice as likely to be not in education, employment or training (NEET) - ‘Against the Odds’, Audit Commission, p19, July 2010.
  • Almost half (42 per cent) of carers have not taken a break of more than two days since they started looking after the main person they care for. Statistic from the Survey of Carers in Households in England (produced by the NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care), 2011.

The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest mutual business, owned not by private shareholders but by over seven million consumers.  It is the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer and a major financial services provider, operating The Co-operative Bank and The Co-operative Insurance. Among its other businesses are the number one funeral services provider, the third largest pharmacy chain and one of Britain’s largest farming operations. As well as having clear financial and operational objectives, the Group has also set out its social and sustainability goals in its groundbreaking Ethical Plan, which specifies over 50 commitments in these areas. The Group operates 4,800 retail trading outlets, employs more than 100,000 people and has an annual turnover of more than £13bn.  Further information is available at

Carers Trust is the UK’s largest charity for carers. With local Network Partners we work to improve support, services and recognition for carers in communities across the UK. We offer practical help, both in and outside the home, desperately needed breaks, information and advice. Together with Network Partners we work as one organisation united by a shared vision for carers. Our vision is of a world where the role and contribution of unpaid carers is recognised and they have access to the quality support and services they need to live their own lives. To find your nearest Carers Trust Network Partner call 0844 800 4361 or visit our website

Please note - Scotland: The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Scotland (part of Carers Trust) is the largest provider of comprehensive carers support services in Scotland, reaching more than 52,000 adult carers and more than 4,300 young carers from all groups and communities through a unique network of 27 carers’ centres and 23 young carers’ services throughout Scotland. To find your nearest carers’ centre, call 0141 221 5066.  The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Scotland also helps thousands more through interactive websites and

Contact information:

Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Group Press Office
Tel: 07702 505551