Supporting families since 1853


The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) was founded over 150 years ago to support children whose parents or carers work in the UK fashion and textile industry.

By providing grants to support all aspects of their education and wellbeing we support hundreds of children every year.

To find out more, visit our grants section, see which Fashion and textile job roles are covered and make an enquiry. Our grants coordinator will be happy to help.


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What kind of help do we provide?


Our grants can provide access to education through funding for extra tuition, learning support or school necessities, in addition to essential items, like clothing, bedding and shoes.

To hear how FTCT grants have helped families in your industry, visit our success stories page.

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We are keen to work with UK fashion and textile companies up and down the country, to raise awareness of how FTCT grants can help the children of employees across the industry.

Read how companies have already begun promoting FTCT to their staff and meet the children they enabled us to help, by clicking here

Latest from the blog

Why a child may need a FTCT grant

We receive hundreds of enquiries every year from parents seeking financial help for their children, and the reasons are varied. As in the case of Jada and Maya, a young person may be a carer to their parent and need financial … Read more »

Nicola, Darren and Charlie

Nicola and Darren were devastated when they found out that their child, Charlie, was diagnosed with hearing loss. With no history of hearing impairment in the family, it came as a complete shock to them both. They contacted Auditory Verbal … Read more »

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What people say...


“Contacting a charity can be hard when you have a strong work ethic but FTCT were wonderful from start to finish”

Dad of Emma

“It felt like a life line-It has made me feel I am part of a community… I am truly grateful to be given the opportunity to survive.”

Mum of William