Support for People With Physical & Learning Disabilities & Mental Health Issues:

Delivery & Increasing Capacity

CareTech Foundation supports people with physical and learning disabilities and mental health issues. An estimated 1.3 billion people – or 1 in 6 people worldwide – experience significant disability, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

This year, the CareTech Foundation’s global support has increased to 13 partnerships, with six new ones, including organisations in the UK, Bangladesh, Tanzania, and Pakistan. The support of these projects is both timely and essential. The CareTech Foundation has provided support to 6,621 people this year in this priority area (to date, reaching 167,180 people).

The ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have disproportionately affected those with long-term health conditions; 10 million more people, 1.5 million under 18, will need extra support for their mental health because of Covid-19, according to research conducted by the Centre for Mental Health. Beneficiaries of the Foundation’s funds have reported a 78% increase in their wellbeing after participating in the programmes supported.

To embed the support for people, training for social care sector roles is a priority for CareTech; this year, 356 facilitators have been trained, from Onside’s Mental Health First Aiders to MAITS therapists.