Further Sources of Financial Assistance in the UK



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


Citizens Advice Bureau www. citizensadvice.org.uk
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 www.disability-grants.org 

A helpful website in finding disability grants for children, adults, families and carers in the UK. The following is the link to the site map: http://www.disability-grants.org/site-map

Elizabeth Finn Care www.elizabethfinncare.org.uk  See also: “Possible Sources of Assistance”

Is a charity to help and support people who were once self-sufficient, but who, have been overcome by circumstances such as family breakdown, redundancy, injury, physical or mental illness through no fault of their own, find themselves in need of help. Provides grants, residential homes and almshouses and conducts research into poverty. Also provide information and resources on how to navigate the often complicated system of welfare benefits and tax credits through their free service Turn2us – (see organisation for details)

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

Freecycle www.freecycle.org
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 www.frn.org.uk

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.

Gumtree  www.gumtree.com

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 www.guidestar.org.uk

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

Independence at Home www.independenceathome.org.uk Charity providing financial help to all people living at home who are substantial disabilities or have a long term illness and are in financial need.

Martin’s Money Tips www.moneysavingexpert.com
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 www.skinnershall.co.uk

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.

Turn2us www.turn2us.org.uk
Charitable service which helps people access the money available to them – through welfare benefits, grants and other help.