Useful Contacts




Useful Contacts


Association of Charitable Organisations

ACO is the national umbrella body for benevolent charities. Any charity helping individuals can join the Association.

Tel: 020 7255 4480



Architects Benevolent Society

Provides assistance to architects, assistants, technologists and landscape architects and their dependants.

Tel: 020 7580 2823



Barristers Benevolent Association

Supports members of the Bar in England and Wales, and their dependants.

Tel: 020 7242 4761



Benevolent fund of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Provides advice, support and financial assistance to past Members (all grades) of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Tel: 01444 417 979



Chartered Certified Accountants Benevolent Fund

Assisting current and former members of ACCA or related finance organisations

Tel: 0207 059 5000



Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund

Provides financial assistance to individuals working within film, cinema and television who encounter accident, illness, bereavement or unemployment

Tel: 020 7437 6567



Civil Service Benevolent Fund

Assists civil servants and individuals who work for associated organisations

Tel: 0800 0562424



Electrical & Electronics Industries Benevolent Association

Helps individuals who work, or have worked, in the electrical and electronics industries as well as any connected or allied industries and sciences, including mechanical engineering

Tel: 020 8673 0131

Helpline: 0800 652 1618



Elizabeth Finn Care

Elizabeth Finn Care gives money to help people who have less than £4,000 in savings and lack sustainable household income

Tel: 020 8834 9200

Helpline:  0800 413 220



Grace Wyndham Goldie (BBC) Trust Fund

Helps those engaged in broadcasting or an associated activity, now and in the past, their children and dependents.  Applications forms can be obtained from the address below and must be returned by 31st July annually.

BBC Pension & Benefits Centre, Broadcasting House, Cardiff, CF5 2YQ.



Indigent Gentlewomen’s Fund

Assists ladies of Scottish birth or education with professional or business backgrounds who exist on low incomes and have limited savings

Tel: 0131 229 2308



Journalists' Charity (Newspaper Press Fund)

Provides grants to journalists and their dependants in financial need

Tel: 01306 887511




Provides a range of services for past and present members  of RICS, including legal advice, befriending programmes, counselling and monetary grants

Tel: 0845 6039057



Royal College of Nursing

Provides a number of support services including online advice and counselling services to members

Tel: 020 7409 3333



Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

Provides a number of support services including online advice and counselling services to members.  Pilot scheme to provide repayable loans for medical students.  Referral is via your medical school.

Tel: 020 8540 9194



SF Charity

Provides financial assistance to severely disabled people to have access to equipment and services. 



The Silver Line (helpline for older people)

This is a confidential free helpline for older people offering friendship, information and advice.

Tel: 0800 4 70 80 90 



Society for the Assistance of Ladies in Reduced Circumstances 

Provides financial assistance to women who live alone in the UK, with minimum savings and limited sources of income

Tel: 0800 587 4696



Teachers Support Network

A group of independent charities and a social enterprise that provide practical and emotional support to staff in the education sector and their families

Tel: 08000 562 561



Transport Benevolent Fund

Assists past and present public transport employees, including TFL workers.

Tel: 08450 100500




Helps individuals access the money available to them – through welfare benefits, grants and other financial help

Tel: 0808 802 2000