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Foothold team

Our strategy

We have a goal to support 3000 people around the world by 2022. Here’s how we plan to do it.

Follow our progress to achieve our strategy

We believe in being open and honest with our community – that’s why we want to share our strategy and how we’re achieving things

We’ll update our objectives quarterly to show you how we’re doing.

Working on it

Ongoing action


We exist to ensure that no engineer or their family needs to face life’s challenges without support.

To increase the wellbeing of engineers and their families world wide.

I feel supported in all aspects of my life

I am comfortable asking for help

I am in the driving seat

I am supported by and support our wider community (of engineers)

Developing a system of grants based on individual circumstances growing to match minimum income standards

Implementing an annual grants programme to support people with care and disability needs

Expanding career support services to include career coaching and skills-based support

Expanding our pre-retirement offer beyond London-based workshops

Expanding our legal advice to cover our community outside the UK

Exploring emerging technologies which improve the environment for those with disability

Developing models of support for people living with dementia

Developing befriending opportunities through face to face, telephone and online support

Continuing our relationship with Anxiety UK, National Autistic Society and Shelter and others as they become relevant

Providing information and advice on health and well-being through a variety of channels, particularly focussing on mental health and carers issues.

Utilising technology to improve the accessibility of the helpline including for our non-English speaking community and those with sensory impairments.

Developing a network of advocates able to support the community with form filing support for and at tribunals and eligibility interviews

Amplifying the voice of other organisations campaigns which positively affect our community through our digital channels.

Year 1

Building a community, both on and offline, enabling peer to peer support over a wide range of health and well-being topics including careers, bereavement, being a carer.

Increasing the opportunities for volunteering through contributing to our advocacy, befriending, ambassador and fundraising roles.

Engaging with the wider benevolent fund and charitable community, leading discussions on best practise and exploring partnerships that will benefit our community.

Increasing cross team working

Celebrating supporters and promoting volunteering

Listening to and acting on feedback from the community

Developing multi-channel approaches to access our services at times appropriate for our community

Identifying journeys to ensure appropriate and timely communications in line with best practise.

Utilising the technology to improve the accessibility of the helpline including for our non-English speaking community and those with sensory impairment.

Increasing income generation through launching active fundraising strategy

Developing and imbedding an outcomes framework and impact reporting

Developing an environment and sustainability policy leading to reduced waste and carbon footprint

500 engineers access new mental health support hub

Engineering charity Foothold has reported over 500 people have accessed support from its Wellbeing Hub in the six months since its launch.

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Mark’s 25 in 25 fundraising challenge

Foothold supporter Mark Spry will begin an epic sponsored reading challenge this July to raise funds.

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Debt – a fact of life for many families

We're launching a partnership with StepChange and a newsletter for parents in engineering.

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