Our charity funds essential items for children, if their parent or carer works for a UK fashion or textile company. This includes Next staff working in any aspect of the business (including distribution).

We have worked closely with Next HR for many years and our information is featured on the Next HR portal. We support hundreds of Next families every year, so if you are a parent or carer with children aged 0-18 years, please read on to see if our grants could help you. 

During the last year, we funded 3,600 essential items to help more than 1,000 UK children whose parents were facing financial challenges. Read some of the real stories of families we have helped. 

Can you apply?

If you are a parent or carer with children aged 0-18 years, we may be able to offer your family a grant if: 

  • You have been employed by Next for at least one year, within the last nine years.
  • If you have been made redundant by Next within the last nine years you can still apply, provided you were employed at Next for at least one year. 

Parents who apply to us are usually facing the following situations:

  • You are in arrears with your household bills, have debt issues or have no access to savings
  • You are caring for a child with ill health or additional needs 
  • You have been made redundant
  • Your employer has reduced your contracted hours of work
  • You have recently suffered a relationship breakdown, separation or divorce 
  • You are signed off work sick or have a long term illness 
  • You are facing homelessness or have recently had to move home 
  • You are a kinship carer
  • You have suffered the bereavement of a close family member

If any of these sound like your situation, please read on to find out what we fund. 

Please note: Our grants do not have to be repaid, they are donations from our charity to the families we support. 

What we can fund

Our grants fund essential items for your children such as school uniform and clothing for the year ahead, or essential household items. 

These include:

  • Essential clothing, e.g. seasonal clothing and school uniform and PE kit
  • Baby essentials, e.g. clothing or equipment
  • Children's bedroom furniture, e.g. beds, bedding, clothes storage furniture (chest of drawers)
  • Essential White Goods, e.g. replacing a broken appliance such as fridge/freezer, washing machine, cooker/oven.
  • Specialist items, for children with additional needs, e.g. sensory toys, adaptive clothing or SEN adapted computers
  • Therapy, to support a child's physical health, mental wellbeing and learning needs, e.g. speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, psychotherapy

Depending on your situation, we also offer a number of grants programmes such as:

What we can't fund

We're sorry but we can't fund household bills, food costs or replace lost income.

If you're struggling to cover the cost of household bills or food, find out what government support is available to replace lost income and help with bill costs .

If you need help with household bills, once you have made your enquiry we will signpost you to other charities who may be able to help with these.  

Apply now

If you would like to apply for funding for any of the items listed above, please complete our online enquiry form. Click on the button below, to proceed to the enquiry page. 

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