Third Sector Awards: Small Charity, Big Achiever – Pregnant Then Screwed

Awarded to an organisation with an income of less than £500,000 a year that has made a big impact with an innovative project or projects.

Small Charity, Big Achiever sponsored by Markel

What did it do?

Pregnant Then Screwed was born in 2015 as an online space for women to anonymously share experiences of losing jobs as a result of becoming pregnant.

In just five years, the organisation has grown from a community interest company campaigning about maternity discrimination to a charity that supports thousands of mothers every year to challenge unfair treatment at work.

How did it do this?

Pregnant Then Screwed’s aims include educating mothers about their rights at work, changing the law so that all jobs are made flexible by default, having an independent body to scrutinise the use of non-disclosure agreements and extending the time limit to bring an employment tribunal claim from three months to six months.

Support services and activities include a free legal advice line, a flexible working hotline staffed by HR practitioners, and a tribunal mentoring programme, pairing women who are going through an employment tribunal with someone who already has. 

Why did it win?

Between May 2019 and 2020, 1,147 women received free legal advice. During that time 195 women were supported in making a flexible working request – 70 per cent went on to make successful flexible working requests, 90 per cent of whom would have had to leave their jobs if that request was not granted.

Pregnant Then Screwed supported 51 women through employment tribunals. Its Covid-19 advice service via phone and email, launched in April, has provided advice to almost 2,000 pregnant women and mums on their employment rights, redundancy protections, childcare options and furloughing. 

What did the judges say?

“This is such an innovative and much needed organisation which is clearly having a positive impact. The variety of activity to support women in these difficult circumstances is remarkable for an organisation with less than £100,000 annual income.”

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