If you or employees in your company need financial support with essential items for their children, here’s a charity that could help …
We have been working with the trade charity Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) for many years, but it’s been a while since we shared information about their grants to our members. Some of you may have met FTCT’s Director Anna recently, at shows like Make It British in May, Textile Forum or our Summer Reception earlier this month. So, here’s a brief introduction and reminder of the financial grants FTCT can offer to parents and families working in the UK fashion and textile industry.
Founded in 1853, FTCT has been supporting the children of UK fashion and textile employees for over 160 years. Started by a group of textile merchants, when the silk industry was thriving, FTCT’s mission was to provide financial support to the children of employees across all aspects of the sector.
Its mission remains the same today – whilst the industry may look very different to 1853, the needs of families and children are still very much the same.
FTCT grants provide support for families when they are struggling financially and can’t afford to buy essential items for their children. This could be because of an unexpected change in circumstances or a sudden gap in income. Or ongoing circumstances which put pressure on household finances, such as ill-health or disability.
FTCT grants help to provide essential items for children aged 0-18 years. Items that can make a big difference to a child’s wellbeing. This could be a proper bed to sleep in, a working cooker for hot meals, a working washing machine for clean clothes or a school uniform that fits.
Grants can also fund mobility equipment, sensory toys or educational support for children with a disability or additional needs.
Martha and Deborah’s grant story
Martha (11) has Williams Syndrome, which means she has learning difficulties, concentration problems and other associated medical issues. Her Mum Deborah is the Managing Director of the underwear brand British Boxer’s. Martha received a grant towards reading lessons over four years, to keep her from falling behind her peers and keep her in mainstream education. The grant helped to relieve stress for Deborah too, meaning she could concentrate on setting up her brand and running the business while balancing family life.
Watch Martha and Mum Deborah talk about the difference their FTCT grant has made here.
Can you apply?
To apply for an FTCT grant, the parent or carer must work or have previously worked in the UK fashion and textile industry for at least one year, within the last nine years and the children must be aged between 0-18 years. Sole traders, self-employed or sub-contracted staff might also be able to apply.
*Employees from across the sector fall in FTCT’s trade criteria, including any UK business which designs, sells, manufactures, services or distributes clothing, footwear, soft furnishings or fabrics.
Grants are not means-tested and cases are assessed on an individual basis, however, parents are asked to provide some details of income and expenditure at the application stage.
Want to promote FTCT at your company?
FTCT is already working with a number of affiliated members, to promote their grants, including Textile Services Association (TSA), Textile Centre of Excellence (TCE) and the Lancashire Textile Manufacturers Association. They are always on the lookout for new companies and associations to work with. It is really simple to promote FTCT at your company and the team at FTCT can help you every step of the way. To find out more, please contact FTCT Director Anna by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0203 667 7882.