As the country continues through its second lockdown, it is a worrying time for many – particularly parents with children to care for. The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust is working with families every week who are feeling the ongoing impact of reduced pay or redundancy.

Here are some links that may help you and your family:

Help for families on reduced income
Grants to help parents and carers whose household income has reduced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more

Redundancy Grants
If you are a parent facing redundancy from a fashion or textile company, our grants can help bridge the gap and make sure your children have the essentials they need. Find out more

Who Can Apply?

To apply for an FTCT grant, the child’s parent or carer must have recently worked for a UK fashion or textile company.
This includes:

  • Supermarkets which sell clothing (ASDA, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, etc)
  • Clothing companies (Matalan, NEXT, M&S, TK Maxx)
  • Homeware and soft furnishing companies (IKEA, Dunelm Mill, DFS, etc.)
  • Laundry companies and high street laundrettes
  • Delivery companies and distribution centres for clothing and textile brands (e.g. Hermes drivers, etc.)
  • Garment manufacturers and wholesalers for both fashion and fabrics.
  • Haberdashery shops, fabrics shops or sellers.

And many more.

To apply, the parent must have worked for the company for at least ONE YEAR within the last NINE YEARS. The work must have been paid and they must be able to show  proof of this employment.

Visit their website to find out more about our criteria. 

What Can They Fund?

Their grants fund items which are essential for children’s health and wellbeing. These might be items you were planning to buy, but now can’t due to lost wages. 

These might include:

  • Essential clothing, e.g. seasonal clothing and school uniform and PE kit
  • Baby essentials, e.g. clothing or equipment
  • Children’s bedroom furniture, e.g. beds, bedding, clothes storage furniture (chest of drawers)
  • Essential White Goods, e.g. replacing a broken appliance such as fridge/freezer, washing machine, cooker/oven.
  • Specialist items for children with additional needs, e.g.sensory toys, adaptive clothing or SEN adapted computers

All items will be considered at the discretion of the grants team.

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