Latest lockdown prompts laundry industry charity to remind of ongoing support

As the New Year starts, and with it in lockdown 3.0, Laundry & Cleaning Today caught up with industry charity the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) to find out how the ongoing pandemic is impacting the grant requests of families across the laundry sector.

FTCT director Anna Pangbourne commented, “the New Year has continued to be really tough for many families, bringing little relief from the challenges of 2020. The new year’s lockdown restrictions have only compounded the financial issues many in the laundry industry and beyond have been feeling for months; as a result of reduced pay, childcare duties and in some cases redundancy.

But we are still here and want to remind companies and their employees that our grants often give much needed financial breathing room for parents in financial difficulty, to help to pay for essentials for their children. So, please get in touch.” With grant requests to the charity already at an all-time high in 2020, we wanted to find out if the pandemic has changed the nature of grant requests received by the charity. Pangbourne informed us that, while children’s essential clothing still remained one of the most requested items, parents were also seeking help with white goods and children’s bedroom furniture.

Pangbourne commented, “The more expensive items such as white goods and children’s bedroom furniture are often on parents lists to buy, but with many families income hugely impacted by the pandemic, parents are really struggling to reach these. Our grants do not need to be re-paid, so we would really encourage industry families to access a grant from us, than getting into further debt, to provide these life’s essentials.”

One parent told the charity, “Our FTCT grant has been such a help, I can’t begin to explain how much this has benefitted my family. I have been able to buy what I need for the kids without the worry of getting into further debt and would encourage other parents who are struggling to apply.”

The charity accept s applications from parents and carers across the UK laundry industry, regardless of job role, location or contract type. Provided the employee is a parent or carer for a child aged 18 years and under and has worked for a UK laundry company for at least one year, they could apply. Parents recently employed or no longer working in the industry can also apply, provided their employment was within the last nine years, for at least one year and can provide payslips as proof of this employment. If you are an employer and haven’t yet accessed the grants service for your employees, please contact Anna Pangbourne, director at the FTCT on anna@ ftct.org.uk to find out how you can get started.

If you already know employees who the charity may be able to help, please forward this link www.ftct.org.uk to them, where they can make an enquiry. If you would like to promote the charity across your workforce, please contact the FTCT.

 

As the New Year starts, and with it in lockdown 3.0, Laundry & Cleaning Today caught up with industry charity the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) to find out how the ongoing pandemic is impacting the grant requests of families across the laundry sector.

FTCT director Anna Pangbourne commented, “the New Year has continued to be really tough for many families, bringing little relief from the challenges of 2020. The new lockdown restrictions have only compounded the financial issues many have been feeling for months; as a result of reduced pay, childcare duties and in some cases redundancy.

But we are still here and want to remind companies and their employees that our grants often give much needed financial breathing room for parents in financial difficulty, to help to pay for essentials for their children. So, please get in touch.” With grant requests to the charity already at an all-time high in 2020, we wanted to find out if the pandemic has changed the nature of grant requests received by the charity. Pangbourne informed us that, while children’s essential clothing still remained one of the most requested items, parents were also seeking help with white goods and children’s bedroom furniture.

Pangbourne commented, “The more expensive items such as white goods and children’s bedroom furniture are often on parents lists to buy, but with many families income hugely impacted by the pandemic, parents are really struggling to reach these. Our grants do not need to be re-paid, so we would really encourage industry families to access a grant from us, than getting into further debt, to provide these life’s essentials.”

One parent told the charity, “Our FTCT grant has been such a help, I can’t begin to explain how much this has benefitted my family. I have been able to buy what I need for the kids without the worry of getting into further debt and would encourage other parents who are struggling to apply.”

The charity accept s applications from parents and carers across the UK laundry industry, regardless of job role, location or contract type. Provided the employee is a parent or carer for a child aged 18 years and under and has worked for a UK laundry company for at least one year, they could apply. Parents recently employed or no longer working in the industry can also apply, provided their employment was within the last nine years, for at least one year and can provide payslips as proof of this employment. If you are an employer and haven’t yet accessed the grants service for your employees, please contact Anna Pangbourne, director at the FTCT on anna@ ftct.org.uk to find out how you can get started.

If you already know employees who the charity may be able to help, please forward this link www.ftct.org.uk to them, where they can make an enquiry. If you would like to promote the charity across your workforce, please contact the FTCT.

 

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