The Carers Support Scheme Thanks to funding from the Civil Service Insurance Society Charity Fund, the CSRF were able to launch a new pilot scheme that will support its beneficiaries in London and the South East. There are over 1.3 million older carers in the UK who do an amazing job of looking after a loved one but, sadly, they do not get all the support that they need and deserve. The pilot aims to make a small contribution to that by providing free respite days to any carer who is a CSRF beneficiary (retired civil servant, widow/widower, partner or dependent). The days might take the form of a trip to the theatre or an afternoon at a spa or just the prospect of some replacement care to give the carer some ‘me time’! The pilot engaged the support of the Charity for the Civil Servants and the Carers Trust, a national charity dedicated to supporting the role and contribution of unpaid carers, to help with advice and guidance within the arena of third party care provision.