NACAS and CWC join forces to support care workforce

Karolina Gerlich, executive director at CWC

Policy, research and campaign work carried out by the National Association of Care and Support Workers (NACAS) is being transferred over to the Care Workers’ Charity (CWC) from this week.

NACAS founder and chief executive Karolina Gerlich is moving to the charity to take up an executive director role. NACAS will remain as a membership association with benefits for care workers, incorporating its work within the charity.

Speaking to CM, Gerlich said the move was designed to help establish the charity as the main voice for the workforce.

She said: ‘The CWC has a great history of supporting care workers and we’re moving to be one voice so care workers can get the best deal possible.’

Gerlich raised concerns that care workers were facing increased pressures as the coronavirus pandemic worsens across the UK.

She said care workers were doing their best and working extra hours to make sure everyone was being supported, with some prepared to lock down in people’s homes if necessary.

However, Gerlich added: ‘There are worries about personal protective equipment. Also, homecare workers are worried – especially in London – about how they will get to people’s homes if public transport is further reduced.

‘There are also financial worries as many people are on zero-hour contracts. Self-isolating care workers will struggle even more. Losing two or three weeks of wages will have catastrophic consequences. Many care workers are women and have children, and they are facing difficulties. There are people taking on loans to make sure they can manage.’

The CWC has launched an appeal to raise money for care workers that are struggling financially from the impact of Covid-19.