Save The Children
GSK is supporting Save the Children’s Building Blocks and Emergency Grant programmes across the UK.
In their early years’ children explore the world around them, learning how to walk, talk, socialise and practice routines that provide good foundations for their childhood. But too many families across the UK don’t have access to basic items that support healthy early childhood learning and development.
Essentials like books and toys, a table to eat at and a bed to sleep in are often missing, and a daily struggle to make ends meet leads to fewer opportunities to nurture their children in play and learning. Despite parents trying their best, children from low-income families are 50% less likely to do as well as primary school as their peers. And when children fall behind, it’s almost impossible to catch up.
In 2018, Save the Children implemented a new programme called Building Blocks which strives to alleviate the impact of material deprivation on families lives and engages parents in their children’s learning at home, so that every child is given the best start in life. GSK supports this programme by donating 100% of all the money raised by GSK employees in the UK to help fund this vital work.
GSK employees have been supporting Save the Children’s work in the UK since 2014 and have raised an incredible £850,000. This has supported 3,212 children and their families with their early learning development and education.
Supporting families during the Coronavirus pandemic
When COVID-19 hit the UK, Save the Children worked closely with communities to establish families' greatest needs. They found that school closures, job losses and economic hardship posed a severe threat to children’s learning – especially for families already living on low incomes.
With the support of GSK, Save the Children were able to launch an Emergency Grant within weeks. It helped provide support, advice and resources for families that support children’s healthy early development, including Learning packs, Argos e-vouchers and food vouchers, Household products and toys.
The Emergency Grant has so far helped over 6,900 children and their families, providing them with the support they need to continue their development and learning at home.