PIPA My Family Care Pilot scheme


Recent PIPA research has identified that access to ad-hoc, flexible childcare is critical in order to maintain a career in the performing arts at the same time as meeting caring responsibilities. The PIPA Balancing Act Survey also identified that those who are able to survive in the industry and dependent on the goodwill and availability of family and partners. Needless to say this is not always a viable solution for many.

My Family Care is the UK’s leader in delivering family-friendly solutions, providing users with access to a wide range of resources, including UK wide ad hoc child and elder care. Current My Family Care clients include Barclays, Deloitte, IBM, TripAdvisor and many more family friendly employers. Up until now this resource was only accessible to employees of large, corporate organisations and this pilot scheme is an innovative approach to increasing access for the performing arts workforce.

PIPA’s aim is to trial an innovative business model in partnership with My Family Care, to make these resources available for parents and carers working in the performing arts who require flexible family support, due to the unique nature of the industry’s working practices.

PIPA has joined forces with Equity and Spotlight to trial and test the model as well as assessing demand and usage. Throughout 2019, Equity and Spotlight members, as well as referrals from PIPA Strategic Partners, are able to take part in the PIPA My Family Care Pilot. There are a total of 500 pilot places to be allocated. Participants signing up to the trial will be required to complete light touch monitoring and evaluation forms periodically throughout the pilot.

The My Family Care pilot has now come to an end. We will shortly be evaluating the scheme and will be getting in touch with all members in due course.

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