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Demonstrating empathy through action for the well-being of self and others.


Turning oops into opportunities and ouches into oh-wells

Sometimes Known As

Caregivers, Supporters, Helpers, Compassionate Allies


Carers represent the embodiment of compassion, empathy, and support. They are devoted to providing comfort and assistance, maintaining and upholding human dignity in all circumstances

Jobs a Carer Might Hold

  • Education: School Counselor

  • Legal: Family Law Attorney

  • Healthcare: Nurse

  • Technology: Digital Wellness Coach

  • Construction: Safety Officer

  • Science: Wildlife Rehabilitator 

  • Art: Art Therapist


Carers are warm, empathetic, and patient. They have a strong sense of responsibility and dedication. They tend to be intuitive and understanding, often going above and beyond to offer comfort and aid.


Carers possess many essential gifts, such as:

  • Empathy: Understanding and sharing the feelings of others.

  • Patience: Accepting delay or trouble without getting angry or upset.

  • Communication: Connecting through dialogue.

  • Emotional Intelligence: Understanding and managing emotions.

  • Crisis Management: Handling sudden emergencies with a cool head.


The Apathetic: Those who disregard or are indifferent to the needs and feelings of others, undermining the work of carers.


  • Responders: Will the carer’s focus on long-term empathy and support contrast with the responder’s need for immediate action and sometimes impersonal efficiency during crisis?

  • Negotiators: Yes, the negotiator’s emphasis on compromise and conflict is crucial, but will it come off detached or transactional—conflicting with the carer’s focus on emotional support?


Carers have a crucial role in change work and need to be wary of the following:


  • Desensitization: Carers may be prone to compassion fatigue or burnout due to the emotionally demanding nature of their role.

  • Self-Neglect: They can also struggle with setting boundaries, leading to a risk of ignoring their own needs and overextending themselves.

  • Isolation: In their commitment to caring for others, carers might inadvertently isolate themselves from personal support networks. This isolation can stem from a lack of time, the intensity of their work, or a feeling that others may not understand their experiences. Without adequate social support, carers risk increased emotional strain and decreased job satisfaction.

Why They Are Essential For Transformation

Carers help foster a supportive, empathetic, and inclusive culture within organizations. Their compassionate approach encourages teamwork, boosts morale, and helps in creating a safe, respectful work environment. They can also play a crucial role in customer relations and community outreach.

Focus for The Carer’s Inner Work: Self-Care

Carers, in their noble pursuit to support and uplift others, often pour from their own cup so generously that they risk running dry. This ceaseless giving, though admirable, can lead to compassion fatigue, leaving them emotionally sapped and, at times, feeling underappreciated. It's essential for carers to remember that they can best serve others when they themselves are in a state of well-being. Prioritizing self-care is not an act of selfishness but a necessary practice to sustain their giving nature. By engaging in regular self-love and rejuvenation practices, carers ensure that they replenish their emotional and physical reservoirs, allowing them to continue their valuable work with vigor and passion.

On The Carer’s Bookshelf

To support carers in their journey of self-care and to enhance their nurturing capabilities, the following books are recommended:

  • The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor offers an explanation of the relationship between systemic structures of injustice and inequality and our relationship to the human body. Taylor urges readers to embrace radical self-love as a catalyst for societal change.

  • Born for Love by Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz is an essential read for carers seeking to deepen their empathic skills and enhance the care they provide through understanding the pivotal role of empathy in human connection and development.

  • Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Rinku Sen provides practical insights and lessons for advocates, focusing on community mobilization and the importance of grassroots initiatives in driving change.

About Carers

Carers understand that long-lasting societal transformation must be rooted in the holistic health of their community. By promoting mental, emotional, and physical well-being, carers pave the way for a future where individuals don't just survive but thrive. This future is inclusive, equitable, and, above all, characterized by shared empathy and collective care—hallmarks of a society that truly values every individual's well-being.

Carers not only advocate for the well-being of others but also emphasize the importance of self-care. When carers focus on self-care, they set an example for others, reminding everyone of the importance of personal well-being in the greater journey towards societal change. For transformative social change to occur, individuals in charge of initiatives and organizations must embody the change they wish to see.

One of the best things carers teach us is centering well-being in change work leads to the creation of healthier, more resilient organizations and initiatives. It ensures they're better equipped to navigate the complexities and challenges inherent in transformative endeavors. They become spaces of support, growth, and regeneration—where members can rejuvenate their energies, share their vulnerabilities, and collectively find solutions. It's a proactive approach, minimizing burnout and consistently nurturing the collective's well-being.

Carers in Real Life

Each of these individuals has contributed significantly to advocating for their respective causes, driving transformative change in various regions and communities across the globe.


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Celebrated as the founder of modern nursing, Nightingale dedicated her life to caring for wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. Her emphasis on sanitation revolutionized hospital care and reduced the spread of infectious diseases. Nightingale's compassion and dedication paved the way for major reforms in the healthcare system, showcasing the power of caregiving

Eva Perón, also known as Evita, used her influential position as the First Lady of Argentina to champion the rights of the poor and advocate for women's suffrage. Her genuine care and dedication to the Argentine working class earned her the love and admiration of millions. Through her charitable works and foundation, she provided healthcare, education, and other essential services

A Pakistani humanitarian and philanthropist who founded the Edhi Foundation, the largest and most organized social welfare system in Pakistan. Despite facing financial hardships, he remained committed to caring for the homeless, the sick, the orphaned, and the destitute. His life epitomized selflessness and dedication, demonstrating the profound impact one individual's care can have on society


“Empathy underlies virtually everything that makes society work—like trust, altruism, collaboration, love, charity. Failure to empathize is a key part of most social problems—crime, violence, war, racism, child abuse, and inequity, to name just a few.”

― Bruce D. Perry

Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential--and Endangered

“It’s not about self-care—it’s about collective care. Collective care means shifting our organizations to be ones where people feel fine if they get sick, cry, have needs, start late because the bus broke down, move slower, ones where there’s food at meetings, people work from home—and these aren’t things we apologize for. It is the way we do the work, which centers disabled-femme-of-color ways of being in the world, where many of us have often worked from our sickbeds, our kid beds, or our too-crazy-to-go-out-today beds. Where we actually care for each other and don’t leave each other behind. Which is what we started with, right?”

― Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice

"Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these."

— George Washington Carver

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