Our Social Purpose
As a social enterprise working to support long-term social change for children and their families – many of whom are from socially deprived areas – our fair fee system across our community childcare clubs, holiday clubs enables us to subsidise our fees and provide affordable childcare (Before School and After School clubs) to low income working families. The funding we raise will also help us to keep our social enterprise open and continue offering an essential childcare service to many families in need once this crisis passes.
Sandwell Early Years Foundation (SEYF) asked us to keep our clubs open across Sandwell to provide childcare for key workers and vulnerable children. Unfortunately we are unable to do this as it is too expensive for us to stay open. We are also unable to access the funding that the Government is offering as we are a Community Interest Company. We need to keep our service going, pay all our staff, many of whom are on low wages, and keep children in a safe and secure environment..
4 Community Trust is a social enterprise which means we have to raise money through our fees to achieve our social mission. We use grants to enhance our work, also.
Our socially inclusive approach ensures we make a real difference to the lives of more than 1200 children and their families every year, helping them to develop a passion for play, learning and creativity, regardless of their background.
Every school holiday we deliver Shortbreak Holiday Childcare for over 50 families who have children with Special Educational Needs, this is a key service for our parents. We are currently unable to provide this support and worry about the effects lockdown is having on the children and their families. Autistic children in particular need structure and dont like change to their daily lives. Their parents need time out to rest and do daily chores they are unable to do whilst having their child, this will cause many parents emotional distress and affect their mental health.
Every day we become a link between school and the parent who has to work. Children make friends when they attend childcare and parents know they are safe and not at home on their own. We want to make sure that while schools across the UK remain closed, children still have access to and enjoy the activities we deliver at our childcare clubs and holiday clubs. Last week we launched our Members Learning Area on our website, these are free to everyone we work with.
The coronavirus (Covid-19) means our income has stopped. Please help 4 Community Trust survive this crisis.
We need your help so that we can survive, so that in the future we can help children and their families to access high quality affordable childcare, and holiday respite care.
What The Children Say:
“I think the afterschool club is a kid friendly place and it’s fun... I highly recommend it to a kid.” (Girl, aged 8 – Uplands Manor)
“I love the afterschool club because I have dreamed about an afterschool club like this.” (Girl, aged 9 – 4CT centre)
“It is a very good club which treats us very well and makes our time here very happy. The staff treat us well. I think they are the best…I like how they ask us what we want to introduce." (Boy, aged 7 - St Thomas
What Our Parents Think
“All very friendly and welcoming. Helps with any issues you may have and is very hands on with the children and their well-being.” (Parent, 4CT centre)
“Staff take time to ensure all children have eaten, even if they have to offer an alternative to what's on the menu. I feel they really know my son well and take his personal needs into account.”
(Parent, George Dixon)
“The staff all work very hard and I have no question that my child is safe there
(Parent, Uplands Manor)