, is an unpaid carer to her husband Mark and lives in Canterbury Kent. She has transferred her teaching skills to campaigning and was recognised nationally at the Sheila McKechnie Campaigner Awards
in 2017 and was runner up in the health category for her campaigning work on carers. She attended Campaigns Bootcamp
in June 2018, having been awarded a scholarship to attend by the Asfari Foundation
Katy tweets on caring here.
Katy says "I started We Care Campaign because I wanted to see carers valued and to get their voices heard. Carers and those that support them have joined our campaign, despite their huge personal caring and work commitments because carers want to campaign on issues which affect them. We Care have given them that opportunity."Alice Fuller
is a campaigner specialising in building grassroots activism. She met Katy when working for a disability charity, and was struck by Katy's drive, determination and natural campaigning instincts. Alice believes that campaigns are their strongest when led by people with lived experience, and loves working alongside the We Care team to get unpaid carers the proper recognition they deserve. She writes a blog Analytical Activism
and tweets about participation and people power here.Rachael Martin-Smith
is a campaigns strategist and adviser specialising in offline and online campaign mobilisation.
Rachael's campaign portfolio includes supporting parents and carers to influence autism education development and delivery, upskilling disability activists to campaign for accessible housing, and leading on strategy and communications for party political elections.
Having developed a passion, and proficiency for community organising Rachael empowers those directly impacted by social injustice to ensure authenticity of experience is at the heart of political decision making.
Rachael says "I am passionate about carers issues because unpaid carers are my family, and my friends. I see the self sacrifice poured into supporting a person you love, and how the role of unpaid carer often impacts on physical health and mental wellbeing. I also see how this hugely important contribution to our society is so often overlooked, and inadequately supported by our decision makers. For those reasons and more I am campaigning to get a better deal for the UK's 7 million unpaid carers, because they matter and because we should all care."
You can follow Rachael on Twitter here
. Elizabeth Mistry
combines journalism and caring having previously worked as a travel writer and foreign correspondent until she found covering human rights abuses in Latin America wasn't compatible with looking after UK-based parents with increasingly complex needs.
When her son was born, she joined the growing ranks of sandwich carers juggling caring for children and parents and became aware how little support is available for people who find themselves in the position of having to choose between family and career.
She is keen to ensure more unpaid carers - especially new and expectant mothers - are identified as early as possible in their caring journey and determined to support a carer's right to choose whether they continue working rather than feel they have no choice but to put their earning life on hold or give up altogether.
A strong advocate for better training for employers of those with caring responsibilities - as well as for carers who lack the resources to negotiate for themselves, Elizabeth - who worked in the arts and education prior to entering journalism, would like to see caring and associated issues included in a meaningful way on the National Curriculum giving young carers the recognition and support they deserve.
Elizabeth supports a number of initiatives designed to give unpaid carers a much needed respite break and is currently working on a project which would see Local Authorities, the arts and hospitality sectors recognise the unique position of unpaid carers by extending the same concessions currently offered to other low or unwaged people, whether or not they are accompanying a cared-for person.
You can follow Elizabeth on Twitter here.