Creative Carers Saves Derby City Money

Creative Carers Saves Derby City Money

Many people say that it’s difficult to prove that ‘prevention’ (stopping people from reaching a crisis) saves money. Well, we have!

We can prove that we save the city £365,357 per year through our activities and carer-led resources.

We do this by identifying 134 individual carers during 2017-18, and putting a financial value on the social benefits experienced by the individual attending a selection of our activities (photography, drumming, arts/crafts, cooking, singing and self-care days, for example). We used a nationally recognised toolkit to measure what we do and its social benefits.

The amount we save is three times as much as the funding we receive.

We are also determined to make a long-term difference to carers’ lives. We use a different measurement to show how we do this.

In the same year, carers told us that, as a result of our activities, support and resources:

  • They appreciate time out for themselves, (96%)
  • They feel less isolated (93%)
  • They now know their rights (97%).

We support many more than 134 people so the actual savings we create will be much higher than the conservative figure we’ve quoted. The reason why we’re not giving a higher figure is that the national tool we use to do the calculations doesn’t have a measurement for the diversity of our work. For example, there’s no measurement for the original, local, information and resources we provide to city carers.

Many people say they understand carers save money. In fact, the estimated 25,000-30,000 carers in Derby save the city an estimated £2bn. Yet this is such a large sum that it’s hard to imagine.

We want to break the figure down so the true value of carers in Derby is fully appreciated.

Let’s take our founder Vita who looked after her mother full-time at home for 9 years. This included meals, personal care, help with medication and finances, help negotiating health and social care systems in her mother’s best interests. Her mother didn’t receive a care package (just one week’s respite care in the whole 9 years).

If instead of Vita juggling work and caring, paid care workers had visited the home 4 times a day for 15 mins each (assuming payment of £20 an hour) that would be £140 per week and £7,280 a year. Over 9 years that’s £65,520. If, instead of being at home, looked after by Vita, her mother had gone into residential care that would have been a whopping £270,000 for 9 years - £30,00 for one year. If we did the same calculations for just 10 carers in the same boat as Vita for the past 9 years, there would be savings of £655,200 (if the cared for was still at home) or £2,700,000 if the alternative was residential care.

The city would topple over without this unpaid support provided by family and loved ones and without our carer-led resources to bolster and support those carers to carry on caring.

Arts and crafts at Haven House
Art at Haven House