Anyone interested in the history of the Carers’ Movement should check out last night’s Voluntary Action History seminar by Timothy Cook, now available as a podcast on the IHR website.

The History of the Carers’ Movement: A Remarkably Successful Story. Why? deals with the origins of one of the most successful of all the voluntary sector initiatives that began in the early 1960s. The term carer was not even in the dictionaries until 1988, though the origins of carers lie in the concept of the ‘dutiful daughter’ prevalent in the 19th century: the daughter giving up everything to look after her elderly/sick parents.