Umbrella Membership

Umbrella membership is an extended EfC membership arrangement which gives small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) the opportunity to engage with EfC through a co-ordinating body, such as a local authority or chamber of commerce. This enables SME businesses that are part of an umbrella membership scheme to gain FREE ACCESS to Employers for Carers resources. SMEs can register by using their membership code provided. 

Our definition of an SME is an organisation with fewer than 250 employees. This model therefore benefits both the ‘umbrella’ organisation and SMEs who might not otherwise access EfC’s help or resources.
SMEs benefit from umbrella membership in the following ways: 
  • Accessing member resources on the EfC website, including relevant legal information, practical case studies and template leaflets/workplace surveys.
  • Invitations to EfC member events; connecting with other employers and benefitting from peer support.
  • Being part of an employer network within the locality which could also host local employer networking sessions.
To find out if your local authority area is already an umbrella member, please see the list below: 

EfC umbrella members

Brighton & Hove City Council
Cambridgeshire County Council (in partnership with Carers Trust Cambridgeshire)
Cheshire East Council *
Cheshire West & Chester Council
Darlington Borough Council *
Devon County Council
East Sussex County Council
Essex County Council
Help for Carers (funded by Croydon Council)
Hertfordshire County Council
Isle of Wight Council *
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council *
Leeds City Council *
Leicestershire County Council *
Lincolnshire County Council *
London Borough of Barnet
NHS Employers
Northern Health and Social Care Trust
Nottingham City Council *
Slough Borough Council
South Gloucestershire County Council *
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Suffolk County Council
Surrey County Council
Wakefield Council
Warrington Borough Council *
West Sussex County Council
* Part of the Department of Health funded project


Contact the EfC team on or by calling us on 020 7378 4956 for further information, to discuss umbrella membership or to receive your local authority's membership code.