2020 Charity Partner


A blog post from the Insurance Charities:

We are delighted to be this year’s chosen charity partner for the Women in Insurance Awards. It’s fantastic to see familiar faces among the judging panel, some of whom have actively played a part in supporting our industry charity through their involvement on our Board and Committees.

Established over 100 years ago, The Insurance Charities is the only charity in the UK and Ireland solely supporting past and present employees in the industry, no matter what role they have had. We award over £1.7 million annually and this figure is increasing year-on-year.

We understand that adversity can affect anyone: a child with medical needs, a relationship breakdown, mental health issues, domestic abuse, or a debilitating illness. As this year has demonstrated all too clearly, unforeseen events can turn lives upside down.

We support insurance employees and any dependants in times of need, transforming lives for the better and providing an essential lifeline for as long as is required.

We can help with one-off payments to help finance essential items such as household appliances, school uniform, care costs and property adaptations, and can also provide on-going financial help (including charitable loans) where income is restricted or insufficient.

We are delighted to be working with other charitable partners including Shelter, The Silverline and Insurance United Against Dementia to provide specialist and dedicated practical help to our beneficiaries.

Dementia is the UK’s killer with two in three people living with dementia being women. Through our innovative partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society we support anyone in the industry affected by this disease whether that is directly or through a loved one. In addition, the partnership offers a range of volunteering opportunities to the industry for those that want to give something back to their local community.

The six strong team at the Charity is headed up by Chief Executive Annali-Joy Thornicroft. They understand that many women can face a challenging set of circumstances as they try to balance work and home life, whilst coping with family stresses such as caring for parents.

A survey conducted by Aviva found that 1 in 5 employees expected to leave their job to care for an adult relative with women more likely to take on this responsibility then men. Within an aging population to a growing number of people are becoming “sandwich carers” looking after children under 16 as well as elderly parents.

This stress can be compounded as women continue to develop their careers, sometimes working in inflexible working environments and although improving, often not remunerated at the same level as their male counterparts.

No matter where you are in your career, we are here to support all eligible insurance employees their families throughout the industry and encourage anyone who is struggling financially to get in touch.

We’d also like to ask you to share our details your professional networks. We want to make sure no-one in need of help misses out.

To contact The Insurance Charities email
info@theinsurancecharities.org.uk or call 020 7606 3763. You can also find out more and apply for help on our website www.theinsurancecharities.org.uk

Lastly, we would like to wish all those nominated our congratulations for their outstanding nominations. 

“A little window of optimism and hope in what has been a very glum few weeks. You have no idea how grateful I am and that I now have a chance to carry on trying to better our circumstances.”