Fair Work innovation for Caregivers

From today, Tuesday 2 November, proposals are being sought from creative businesses and organisations to improve working conditions for those working in the creative industries with caregiving responsibilities. 

Grants of between £3,000 – £15,000 from The National Lottery through Creative Scotland are available through the Radical Care Fund.

Creative Scotland’s Ashley Smith-Hammond said: “The pandemic has highlighted the pressure on carers, with gendered patterns of working becoming even more acute.  The Radical Care initiative is a necessary intervention to support changes in the creative sector, which has known challenges around unsocial working hours, fluctuating patterns of work and higher than average levels of freelancing. All of these elements combine to create barriers for people working in the arts, screen and creative industries to manage work and care responsibilities. We hope that this fund will help organisations that caregivers work with and for, to rethink fair working systems and improve peoples’ work/life balance.” 

This initiative follows the 2019 Radical Childcare project looking at innovative solutions to flexible childcare for people working in the creative industries; Creative Scotland’s report Understanding Diversity in the Arts which cited childcare and caring responsibilities as a barrier to working in the arts and creative industries; and also aligns with Raising Films’ 2021 report How We Work Now which highlighs that the screen industries remain largely incompatible with caring and parenting responsibilities with 63% of the reports 500 respondents saying they think working in the screen industries as caregivers is ‘too stressful’. 

In addition, Creative Scotland has commissioned Culture Radar to undertake research into Fair Work in the arts, screen and creative industries.  The results of this project will inform Creative Scotland’s future plans, helping to create the conditions for more meaningful and sustainable opportunities for work in Scotland’s creative and culture sectors.   

Applications open: 2pm, Tuesday 2 November 2021
Deadline: 2pm, Friday 26 November 2021

More information

Full information about the Radical Care Fund including criteria and application details can be found on the Screen Scotland website. The total budget for the Radical Care Fund is up to £75,000. 

Building on the Scottish Government’s focus on Fair Work in the 2021-22 Programme for Government , Creative-Scotland’s Annual Plan 2021 22 (p8) outlines key development activity around Fair Work in 2021/22 including:  

  • Strengthening Fair Work criteria across all our funding programmes  
  • Commissioning of Fair Work and Workforce Development Research to inform a detailed action plan  
  • Publishing of a Best Practice Guide to Recruitment, including entry routes and volunteering 

The National Lottery has raised more than £41 billion for more than 565,000 good causes across the UK since 1994. Thanks to National Lottery players, up to £600 million has been made available to support people, projects and communities throughout the UK during the Coronavirus crisis.  https://www.national-lottery.co.uk 

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland distributing funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. Further information at creativescotland.com. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Learn more about the value of art and creativity in Scotland and join in at www.ourcreativevoice.scot

Media Contact 

Eilidh Walker 
Media Relations and PR Officer, Screen Scotland 
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