Who are we?
The Nanny Solidarity Network is a grassroots, worker- and migrant-led mutual aid organisation. We provide support, resources, emergency aid, community, and space for collective action to nannies and au pairs based in the UK. We work closely with likeminded organisations to provide free and fair immigration advice to our members, as well as access to employment support through the IWGB union. We are here to help you with whatever you need, from a space to simply connect with other nannies, to emergency housing and education.
The nanny sector is in crisis.
In April, when Manuela’s employers started showing symptoms of coronavirus, she was faced with an impossible decision. A 22-year-old nanny from Brazil, she is one of the two million workers in the UK’s informal economy (many of whom are migrant women) who won’t be eligible for any of the government support schemes. If she doesn’t go to work, where she is exposed to the virus, she won’t get any cash. Without that cash she can’t pay for food and basic necessities.
We are a solidarity network of childcare workers who have set up this fund to support each other through the crisis. We are viewed as key worker ‘heroes’ who will sacrifice their lives and livelihoods for others out of love. Many childcare workers have been asked by agencies to offer their services for free during lockdown. But rather than be deemed ‘heroes’, we need recognition as workers who need an income to survive.
The money donated to the childcare workers solidarity fund will provide immediate financial support for the most vulnerable childcare workers, and enable them to stay home and healthy - protecting themselves, their families and their communities while slowing the spread of coronavirus.
We know that times are tough for everyone right now, and we welcome donations of all sizes.
Help us support nannies and au pairs in, or at imminent risk of, financial hardship due to COVID-19.