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
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
East Sussex County Council
Essex County Council
Help for Carers (funded by Croydon Council)
Hertfordshire County Council
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council 
Leeds City Council 
Leicestershire County Council 
Lincolnshire County Council in partnership with Carers FIRST
London Borough of Barnet
NHS Employers
Norfolk County Council
Northern Health and Social Care Trust
Nottingham City Council 
Plymouth City Council
Slough Borough Council
South Gloucestershire Council 
Suffolk County Council
Surrey County Council
Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
Wakefield Council
West Sussex County Council

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.