Employers For Childcare helps parents identify £12.6 million in financial savings

Award-winning Social Enterprise and charity, Employers For Childcare, today (Thursday 19 November) launches its annual Social Impact Report which reveals that the charity has helped families across the UK identify £12.6 million in financial support over the past year. The report, which analyses the economic and social impact of the organisation’s work and shows how it is making a difference to the lives of thousands of families, is published on Social Enterprise Day – a national day to celebrate the vital work of social enterprises all across the UK.

Marie Marin, Chief Executive of Employers For Childcare, said: “We are delighted to launch our Social Impact Report on Social Enterprise Day 2020. This is a day to celebrate the positive impact of Social Enterprises and the contribution they make in their communities and beyond.  This work has been more critical than ever this year, as parents and families face increased challenges as a result of COVID-19 – whether that’s lack of access to childcare, reduced household income or indeed redundancy.

“Employers For Childcare is proud to announce that the investment our Social Enterprise has made into our charity has allowed our team to support more than 14,000 people across the whole of the UK over the past year. Many parents who called us for advice, received either a personal benefits check or calculated savings towards the cost of childcare – the cumulative total of support and savings identified was £12.6 million. That’s £12.6 million back into parents’ pockets, and the wider economy, across the UK – a great example of positive social change in action.”

Marie continues: “This vital work, in this most challenging of years, is only made possible by employers making the decision to ‘buy social’ and choosing Employers For Childcare to provide Childcare Vouchers to their staff. We are the only Social Enterprise providing this service in the UK and for every employee who uses our Childcare Vouchers, our advisors can help 17 parents, identifying financial support for families in need. We would encourage all organisations, this Social Enterprise Day, to look at their supply chains, and to identify any opportunities where they can ‘buy social’ and support the Social Enterprises which are doing such valuable work all across the country. Like all businesses, this is a challenging time for the Social Enterprise sector but we continue to provide much needed services, across a wide range of sectors, and to deliver social value in our communities and beyond”.

“I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all those employers who support us by using our Childcare Vouchers, to our own staff team for their dedication and commitment, amidst the challenges of COVID-19, and to our Board of Trustees, without whom, we would be unable to make this significant impact on the lives of those who rely on our services”.