The Access Group has announced a new charitable partnership with The Care Workers’ Charity.
The leading social care tech provider will be donating 10% of all transaction fees from its EarlyPay app to the charity.
Abhishek Agrawal, Director of Access EarlyPay, said: “Care workers have always been on the frontline of supporting those most in need in our society, and these past few months have been more challenging than ever.
“We’ve seen many care workers using the EarlyPay app during COVID-19 to access their pay as and when they need it, and so we’re delighted to be able to give back by regularly donating to a fund which support carers in their own time of need.”
Access EarlyPay is a leading on-demand pay app in the sector that allows workers to access their pay before pay day, giving them more financial flexibility and reducing stress associated with unexpected expenses.
A recent survey of more than 1,400 care workers revealed that 90% with access to EarlyPay said it was the most important employee benefit available to them, and over 70% had used the app to withdraw money for essentials such as food and utility bills during COVID-19.
However, a combination of systemic low pay and the COVID-19 crisis means that more care workers are in need of a financial safety net than ever before. In a normal year, The Care Workers’ Charity receives around 1,000 applications for their grants; this year they have already received over 2,500 applications in the first six months.
Having launched its COVID-19 support fund in March, the charity reached its £1m target in just six weeks and is now 85% towards its £2m target, having supported 1,135 workers.
Karolina Gerlich, Executive Director of The Care Workers’ Charity, added: “The Access EarlyPay scheme enables care workers to receive their wages ahead of time which offers flexibility. The scheme reflects the values of CWC and will help to prevent care workers slipping into poverty.”
To donate to The Care Workers’ Charity COVID fund, click: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/coronaviruscareworkersfund
To find out more about Access EarlyPay visit: https://www.theaccessgroup.com/earlypay