Alternative Possible Sources of Assistance

Alternative Possible Sources of Assistance

On some occasions applicants to the Social Workers’ Benevolent Trust (SWBT) do not fulfil the eligibility criteria for the Trust. However the following Benevolent Funds or Trusts may be able to assist applicants.

Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in extreme financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other support services. They also give direct help through a range of funds administered directly by the charity including the Elizabeth Finn Fund (over time the list of eligible occupations has broadened so a wider range of people can receive support), the Edinburgh Trust and the Turn2us Response Fund.

Please note that as part of the application process, you will be asked for a range of documents as evidence of your occupation and situation. They also provide very helpful information and resources on how to navigate the often complicated system of welfare benefits and tax credits. Turn2us is the trading name for Elizabeth Finn Care a registered charity in England and Wales and Scotland.

Head Office Elizabeth Finn Care/Turn2Us

Hythe House

200 Shepherds Bush Road

London W6 7NL

Helpline:0808 802 2000 (open 9.00am-8pm Mon-Fri)

Website: Email:

To apply for a grant:

Care Worker’s Charity

This care workers charity is the “trade” charity for the Care Professions and considers applications from individuals and their widows, widowers, partners, orphans or any other dependant of someone who has worked/is working within the UK Care profession. There is an eligibility criteria which applicants can check either online via their website:

Care Workers Charity

Hill Place House
55a High Street, Wimbledon Village
SW19 5BA

Website: www.the


Some sources of financial assistance in the UK

Details of the following organisations may change so please do check before applying.

Citizens Advice Bureau www.
Free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. Offer advice on money and debt, and may be able to help access local grant-makers. Helpful website giving details of local CABs

Disability Grants

A helpful website in finding disability grants for children, adults, families and carers in the UK.

Family Action Tel: 020 7254 6251
Provides practical, emotional and financial support to those experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across England.

A world-wide organisation with thousands of members who ‘recycle’ old items from clothing to computers, household goods to children’s toys. Subscribers can request items or post items they want to get rid of, then individuals can ‘bid’ for the free item and usually pick it up. The entire service is free-of-charge and there are many local groups nationwide.

Furniture Reuse Network

Aims to relieve poverty and to reduce waste by promoting the re-use of essential household furniture and electrical appliances to help people in need.

Gas Energy Benevolent Trust Tel: 01733421060.

This trust which incorporates the Scottish Energy Trust has a particular focus on fuel poverty can help people struggling to pay for their gas and electricity.


An online classified ads and community website. Classified ads are either free or paid for depending on the product category and the geographical market; also includes free items for sale

Guide to grants for individuals in need

A book published by the Directory of Social Change available in most libraries and some Citizen’s Advice Bureaux. Contains details of over 2,000 trusts which together give a total of around £269 million a year for the relief of individual poverty and hardship.

Guidestar UK

Search engine for charities. Enter ‘grant need individual’ to narrow the search for charities offering grants. You can also search location eg Manchester in the search box

Independence at Home

Charity providing financial help to all people living at home who are experiencing substantial disabilities or have a long term illness and are in financial need.

Martin’s Money Tips
Lots of information on a wide range of issues including home improvements, education etc. Also provides details to apply for energy and utility grants and other sources of help.

The Skinners’ Trust 

The Skinners’ Benevolent Trust aims to support isolated adults living on a very low income, who have been cut off in some way from society and who are trying to re-build their lives. They provide grants of up to £250 for essential household items that cannot be paid for from statutory funds. Please note they do not accept applications from individuals directly. If you require assistance and think you meet the eligibility criteria please ask your support /care worker to look at their website and contact the Trust on your behalf.

July 2017