ABTA Lifeline provides financial grants for people who have worked in the travel industry and are suffering real financial hardship.
It helps those who work or have worked for an ABTA member or other organisations with the travel industry who are engaged in the sale of ABTA products.
The charity is able to support the person, their partner and their family.
Lifeline are able to help with:
Essential Living costs - such as washing machine, fridge breakdowns, furniture or contributions towards moving house (where moving is a necessity).
Children's needs - such as purchasing specialist equipment, mobility aids and in exceptional cases care and schooling costs. It may also help with a maintenance grant if you need to take time off from work to care for your child.
Priority Debts - occurred through illness, redundancy or relationship breakup.
Disability equipment - items not supplied through statutory services
Mobility needs - such as wheelchair, mobility scooter or deposit toward a Motability vehicle.
Property repairs such as heating and insulation
There are detailed factsheets on the website with more details on funding options and conditions.
To apply: download an application form or email email@example.com for a form.
The Ambulance Staff Charity supports current and retired Ambulance Services personnel and their families at times of difficulty or urgent needs.
It is open to ambulance staff working in the NHS and the independent sector ambulance services in the UK.
The charity is able to provide welfare advice on a variety of topics including:
Social welfare processes
Signposting to support agencies
Financial support is dependent on individual circumstances but it does have a broad eligibility criteria:
Savings disregard of £4,000
Worked in the UK ambulance service for 12 months
Be in need
That the support has long term benefits for the individual
The charity also offers a physiotherapy service of physical rehabilitation, mental health support via The Police Treatment Centres and bereavement support for families where ambulance staff have died in service.
CISWO is a UK wide charity providing support to former coal miners and their families.
Support is provided though a personal welfare service to mineworkers, their wives, partners, widows and any dependent children with a disability.
Their free and confidential services include:
A home visiting service to provide advice and support.
Assistance with welfare benefits and compensation schemes.
Support to reduce loneliness and social isolation
Support during illness and disability, including access to mobility equipment.
Emotional support including loss and bereavement, illness and caring responsibilities.
Grants for a specific item or service for those with ten or more years in the coal mining industry including partner and dependent children after death. Items may include medical/mobility aids, adaptations to support independent living, course fees and training, funeral cost and debt relief.
Access to CISWO educational grants for former mineworkers and families.
Access to holidays and convalescence at locations across the UK.
To find out more about the services and support available through the online form or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Electrical Charity provides practical support services and financial relief to all employees, past employees and/or dependants of employees of the electrical and electronic industry.
It offers a number of programmes:
Employee Assistance Programme - to help in times of need including financial assistance, respite breaks for carers, medical support to help people remain independent and an apprentice bursary scheme for apprentices with carer responsibilities.
Apprentice Support Programme - providing financial grants and practical assistance to apprentices and their families.
Employee and Family Support Programme - a range of services to help with issues such as family or relationship problems, ill health and disability.
Pensioner Support Programme - financial grants and assistance services for the retired.
Practical Participation Programme - practical assistance such as disability access and installation of equipment.
To apply: download the application form from the website or
The Furniture Makers Charity supports the welfare of past and present employers in the furnishing industry.
It is able to provide financial grants and advice:
Essential household items such as furniture and white goods
Essential household bills
Property repairs considered essential due to age, security or access
General financial hardships
Pre-tenancy and removal costs
Bankruptcy and debt relief orders
To qualify for support you must be a UK resident and have worked in the furnishing industry in the UK for a minimum of two years.
This includes companies manufacturing/supplying furniture, kitchens or bathrooms; furniture stores such as DFS, Ikea, Argos, carpet sales or fitting, beds, curtains and upholstery.
To apply: Click the Apply Now button on the website and download an application form. This will require employment history and details of current income and expenditure. Supporting documentation will be required.
The Grace Wyndham Goldie (BBC) Trust Fund provides assistance for people currently or previously in broadcasting or an associated activity, their children and dependants.
It offers help towards educational costs and grants to relieve short term domestic hardship. This might include grants towards school uniform, books and help towards gaining a professional or trade qualification.
To apply: use the online form. Applications are considered each September and applications must arrive no later than 31st July.
The Fund was set up to help practicing or former nurses in financial need. Applicants must have worked a minimum of 5 years after registration.
It is able to award grants up to a maximum of £1,500 for items such household bills and decoration, walk-in baths, electric wheelchairs, and stair lifts.
To apply: download an application form. All forms must be submitted through a third party such as a social worker, care worker or Citizens Advice Bureau who must support the application. Financial information is required.
The Licensed Trade Charity helps people who work or have working in pubs, bars and breweries when they are in need of help.
It is able to offer financial support to individuals who have worked in a pub, car or supporting role within the UK for five continuous years or more. This may be securing somewhere to live by paying rent and deposit, essential furniture or help with disability aids.
It will also consider the dependent or partner and their families. this could include grants for school transport, laptops, learning aids, advocacy for SEN appeals and learning aids.
The charity also offers educational scholarships.
To apply: download an application form from the website and return with supporting documentation.
The RBF supports current and former railway workers and their families through the relief of short and long term poverty.
It also provides support and advice.
Financial assistance is available towards housing debts, family welfare, unforeseen emergencies as well as other financial hurdles families may face.
To apply: download an application form from the website or telephone: 0345 241 2885
Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis.
It has also recently relaunched its Energy Support Fund due to the increased cost of living in the UK. It offers a maximum grant of £200 to support railway people and their families with the cost of their energy.
Applicants must have a gross annual household income of less than £40,000 and have less than £3,000 of saving (single person) and £5,000 (couple). It is open to current, former and retired railway workers.
The Retail Trust supports people who work or have worked in the retail industry.
They are able to offer short term financial assistance through their Hardship Grants.
Applicants must have had at least two years working in retail if retired or still working in the industry. Working age applicants not working in the industry must have had 5 years continuous employment in retail.
The Trust has previously helped with the cost of disability aids and equipment, funeral costs, council tax arrears, essential household furniture, food vouchers, help with heating bills, bankruptcy and debt relief order fees and respite breaks.
To apply: complete the online grant form.
Advice and information on budgeting and legal matters is also available.
RABI supports members of the farming community in financial need or distress in England and Wales.
The organisation helps all ages (including children) living on low income. It awards quarterly and seasonal grants, TV licence fees (to the under 75s) telephone rental costs, hampers or flowers for Christmas/birthdays and holidays.
It will also help in the purchase of household items, white goods, electrically powered mobility vehicles and other disability aids.
Their Gateway Scheme provides funding for skills training and development to help improve an individuals financial future.
To find out more about the grants telephone their confidential helpline on 0808 281 9490 or e-mail: email@example.com
You can also write to the Head of Welfare, RABI, Shaw House, 27 West Way, Oxford, OX2 0QH.
The TTBS supports individuals who have worked in the timber trade industry in the UK for at least 10 years (or 5 years in exceptional circumstances)
It assists those employed by companies engaged in the trading and distribution of wood based products. Applicants must also be in receipt of low income and have minimal savings.
The criteria does not include joinery manufacturers, kitchen and bedroom manufacturers, boat builders, carpenters and joiners or Forestry operatives.
Support may include a regular quarterly allowance, telephone rental, TV licence payments, a winter warmer fuel grant, Christmas and spring payments, luxury Christmas hampers and occasional respite and funeral grants, together with one off purchases of white goods and televisions
To apply: contact the TTBS for an application form.
If your occupation isn't listed have a look at theMembers Directory provided by the Association of Charitable Organisations (ACO). This is the National body for trusts and foundations that provide grants and welfare support to individuals in need.
Assistance may also be available for members or former members of Trade Unions. A full list of Trade Unions can be seen on the TUC website.