Raising Films and The CTBF launch Family Support Fund
Raising Films and The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (The CTBF) have announced the launch of the Family Support Fund, a 12-month pilot scheme offering financial support to professionals working across the UK screen sector.
The Fund aims to help those on a limited budget who are juggling a professional career with caring responsibilities, providing short-term financial support to individuals and families. Via the fund, The CTBF will support Raising Films’ registered members by contributing up to £75 a day to help cover the cost of childcare arrangements up to a maximum amount of £1,500 per beneficiary/per annum (with multiple applications accepted throughout the year).
Director Hope Dickson Leach, Co-Founder of Raising Films commented on the Family Support Fund and today’s summit: “Raising Films is delighted to be partnering with CTBF to offer short-term financial support that will offer tangible support to many individuals who are struggling to return to work in the film & TV industry. We know what a difference this kind of assistance can make to filmmakers with caring responsibilities, and look forward to building upon this initiative so that we can increase our reach and keep more individuals in the industry. We’re also thrilled to have such a diverse range of organisations taking part in our discussions to find practical solutions that will lead to real and sustained change in accessibility and inclusion, and look forward to publishing our recommendations in the summer.”
The Family Support Fund was announced at an Industry Summit hosted by Raising Films on Tuesday 7 February to discuss practical solutions for parents and carers working in the film and television industries. The Summit built on the recommendations of Raising Films’ 2016 Making It Possible survey – the first nationwide statistical evaluation of the impact of parenting and caring on the working professionals in the screen industries – by bringing together key industry figures to discuss the four key action points identified in the survey: 1) enable financial assistance for childcare; 2) encourage industry-wide adoption of flexible working and access to childcare; 3) formalise a way to combat discrimination; 4) normalise conversations around caring commitments with employers and financiers.
Representatives from across production, distribution, exhibition, agents, unions and public funding bodies attended the summit, as well as the BFI, Channel 4, Creative Skillset and WFTV.