At that time it had become clear that the voluntary sector would face significant challenges going forward. Indications were that local and central Government and some other funding bodies were moving away from making grants, to asking organisations to tender for funds, awarding contracts in place of grants. This change also focused providers to deliver outcomes, stimulating innovative ideas and strategies, bringing service providers together to best support and meet the needs of Carers in East Kent.
The two charities work collaboratively as a Consortium, whilst retaining their individual identities to enable services to Carers to have a local focus and the charities to respond to opportunities in their own areas. The Consortium currently has four associate members and welcome interest from complementary service providers.