In recent weeks we have seen a steady increase in the number of applications for our Personal Support Grants and expect the numbers to increase as the pandemic continues to disrupt our lives.
Thankfully, the number of infections and deaths are
declining but one is one too many.
Lockdown is having a huge impact on our industry, but green shoots are appearing
with news of more retailers and manufacturers safely trying to start up.
Collectively we need to be positive and strong, we can
and will come out of this crisis and build better and stronger businesses.
In the meantime, we at The Furniture Maker’s Company need
to double our efforts to increase our help for those in need in our industry,
Matthew’s friend who told him about The Furniture Makers’ Company as his friend
had been involved in fundraising for our charity some time ago.
or what we could offer him, Matthew looked at our website and downloaded, completed,
and emailed back an application form.
On the same
day, the welfare officer was able to contact Matthew directly and confirm his work
history in the trade.
In terms of
seeking support from the government, Matthew unfortunately fell between the
He was no
longer an employee so unable to be furloughed by an employer and had only been
self-employed since January 2020, and unable to accept HMRC self-employment
furlough, backed by government funds.
wife being furloughed and two sons under the age of seven, Matthew’s anxiety on
how he was going to support his family was growing by the day.
This is a situation
we want no one to be in and, pleasingly, our welfare officer was able to give Matthew
advice and immediately award a one-off £500 grant to help this young family.
This is just one of the many examples of the difference
our charity is making to real families around the UK.
There are many ‘Matthews’ out there, and we want to
support as many of them as we can, but we need your help.