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Fashion & Textile Children's Trust

Do you work or have you previously worked in the UK fashion and textile industry? Do you have a child under 18 years old who has a disability or additional needs?

Fashion & Textile Children's Trust tell us more about their work.

If you are a parent raising a child with a disability or additional needs, a Fashion & Textile Children's Trust (FTCT) grant could help with specialist equipment, therapies, sensory toys and more. Parents or carers who work or previously worked in the UK fashion and textile industry can apply.

Grants are available now, so read on to see if you could apply. 

Why the Fashion & Textile Children's Trust exists

Children and parents are at the heart of everything we do at the FTCT. Founded back in 1853, we have a long history of providing financial support to children of UK fashion and textile families.

Who we help

Grants are available for children of people who work or have previously worked in the UK fashion and textile industry.

To apply, you must be the parent or full-time carer for a child aged up to 18 years AND you or your partner must work (or have previously worked) in the UK fashion and textile industry. This must have been for a minimum of one year, within the last nine years.

Not sure what we mean by fashion or textiles? Read Do you work in fashion and textiles? for more information.

Martha can now read, beautifully, and it's wonderful."

What is a grant?

A grant is a financial donation you don't have to repay. Grants can be used to buy essential items to support your child’s individual needs. Here are just a few examples of the specialist items we can fund:

  • Mobility equipment

  • Seating aids

  • Sensory toys

  • Specialist clothes

  • Educational support.

Grants can also fund essential items, such as school uniform, clothing and bedding for siblings in the family too.

Who have we helped?

We’re really proud to have helped nearly 400 children in the last seven months.

Martha and Jonathan are just two of the children who have been helped by a FTCT grant.

Martha's story

Deborah runs a clothing company. Her daughter, Martha, has disabilities.  In the video above, you can find out how the family was helped with the cost of reading lessons through a grant from the FTCT.

Jonathan’s story

Jonathan’s dad used to work for a yarn manufacturer. The family received a grant towards therapy equipment for their 14 year-old son Jonathan, who has significant mobility difficulties, caused by a major stroke.

Read more about Jonathan

Contact us

Find out if we could help your family by visiting the Fashion & Textile Children's Trust website or call the FTCT’s friendly grants team on: 0300 123 9002

Photo: Jonathan with his Saebo glove. Copyright Fashion & Textile Children's Charity and used with permission.