Alternative Possible Sources of Assistance

Alternative Possible Sources of Assistance

In some occasions applicants to the Social Workers’ Benevolent Trust (SWBT) do not fulfill 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.

NB that as part of the application process, you will be asked for a range of documents as evidence of your occupation and situation. Turn2us 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.

To apply for a

Head Office Elizabeth Finn Care/Turn2Us

Hythe House

200 Shepherds Bush Road

London W6 7NL

Website: Email:

Care Worker’s Charity

This care workers charity is dedicated to helping current, former and retired care workers who have worked within the UK Care profession. Help is offered in the form of hardship grants, online information and advice. 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



Some sources of financial assistance in the UK

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

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) 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 CAB’s.

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.

Family Action Head Office,

24 Angel Gate,

City Road, London EC1V 2PT

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 numerous local groups nationwide.

Furniture Reuse Network

The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) is the national body which supports, assists and develops charitable re-use organisations across the UK. FRN strives to ensure that good quality, unwanted furniture and electrical equipment can be accessed and reused by those on low incomes. It 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

The British Gas Energy Trust is a registered charity and aims to help individuals and families in poverty, suffering or other distress who are struggling to pay their gas and/or electricity debts. The Trust receives donations from British Gas, but is governed by a Board of Trustees which is completely independent of the donor company. Applicants are strongly advised to seek money advice before applying to the Trust to increase their chance of a successful application.


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.

Please note: This charity is currently not making any grants towards the cost of white goods and other household items, house repairs (with the exception of the over 60’s in England), garden work or sensory equipment.

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. Applications can only be made on behalf of clients who live in areas where the Skinners’ Company has existing work or historical links.These include: The City of London (The Square Mile only); The London Boroughs of Camden, Enfield, Hackney, and Hounslow; West Kent (particularly Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells); Romney Marsh (Kent only).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.

October 2018