The annual Insurance Charities Awareness Week kicks off on Monday 17 June to better inform the sector there is a dedicated charity available to help them in times of need.
The Charity’s annual initiative will run from 17 to 21 June and will see the industry delivering a host of activities to help raise the profile of the Charity and increase the number of employees it reaches.
Throughout the week, the sector is being encouraged to get involved via social media, through their organisation’s communications channels, by distributing free giveaways in their offices, and by taking part in activities such as cake sales and dress down days. Last year the charity, who gives out £1.7 million a year, reached over 76,000 insurance employees through the campaign, and this year wants to broaden this reach even further.
The Charity offers help in a range of ways to insurance employees past and present, and their families in the UK and Ireland. For example, by financing essential items such as equipment to help with reduced mobility, property adaptation work which cannot be funded by government grants, the replacement of appliances or even essential property maintenance.
The organisation also provides regular support where income is generally restricted or insufficient to meet higher than average costs resulting from things such as health conditions. Financial help can be available on an outright or charitable loan basis.
One beneficiary says, “My family and I are eternally grateful for the financial help we have received from The Insurance Charities. Over the last 15 years they have helped us enormously financially so that we could concentrate on caring for our disabled child. We cannot thank them enough.”
Other forms of help are also available including signposting to specialist advice during difficult life events such as depression or loneliness, as well as giving practical support to those with health worries, money management and housing concerns.
The Insurance Charities and Alzheimer’s Society have recently collaborated to create a dedicated service to support anyone in the industry affected by dementia. As part of this service personalised support and advice is available to help navigate the challenges of dementia. The charity also has partnerships with expert organisations such as Shelter and The Silverline to offer insurance people practical support alongside the financial support.
To support Awareness Week people can follow the #ICAW hashtag on social media, and access a Supporter Toolkit containing a range of free resources to help insurance employees get involved.
For The Insurance Charities media enquiries please contact Victoria Sutton, Marketing & Communications Manager 020 7606 3763 / 0797 3676630 firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
- The Insurance Charities is the charity for the UK and Irish insurance industry, providing support for current and former insurance employees and their dependants since 1902. The Charity gives £1.7 million of help each year to insurance people in need.
- Established in the City of London in 1902 as The Insurance Clerks Orphanage, The Insurance Charities now provides help and support to past and present employees of the UK and Irish insurance sector and their dependants. There have been a few name changes and mergers over the years, but the Charity’s mission has stayed the same; to provide help and assistance to insurance and insurance related employees and their families.
- The Insurance Charities is a charity registered in England & Wales no. 206860, Scotland no. SC047527, Ireland no. 20200129 and Isle of Man no. 1230. A company limited by guarantee, registered in England & Wales no. 74461, at Third Floor, 2 St Andrews Hill, London EC4V 5BY, and in the Isle of Man no. 006098F, at Third Floor, 10-12 Prospect Hill Douglas IM1 1EJ.
- Any insurance employees, past or present, who are experiencing difficult life events should visit the help and support section of theCharity’s website to find out more.