Working Families reference group

Closes 31 Oct 2021

Opened 12 Oct 2021


(In order to register your interest you must be 18+ and a parent/carer living within Essex).

Essex County Council is delivering a programme of work aimed at supporting working families who are feeling the pressures of juggling work and home life on a limited budget.

Following research carried out with families in Essex to better understand their experiences, we are developing a number of ideas and initiatives which we think could be really useful for working families.

It’s really important to us that anything we put in place is going to make a real difference for people, so we want to test these ideas out with working families to get their views and feedback.

Why your views matter

We are creating a ‘reference group’ of working parents from across Essex who can help us with this. The reference group will work with us to feedback on ideas and initiatives, and help us to shape and develop these.

Initially, the group will meet virtually once every two months for 1-1.5 hours on a weekday evening (the first meeting will take place in November - date TBC). These meetings will be facilitated by Essex County Council, but you will be an active participant and your input will be highly valued. We may also occasionally communicate with you via email to seek feedback on particular ideas in-between meetings, if you consent to this.

As a thank you for taking part and in appreciation of you giving up your time, high street gift vouchers will be provided for participation in meetings.

If you are interested in joining the reference group, please complete this survey to tell us a little about yourself, and leave your contact details. If you are selected, you can change your mind about taking part at any time.

Data protection

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