Professionals Aid Council
At its founding in 1914, the aim of the Professionals Aid Council was to help members of various professions and their dependents, for whom such help was not otherwise available. Then, as now, there were many occupational funds offering advice and financial aid to their members. PAC differed in that it has a more “open” policy and is able to assist individuals and families from any professional background who hold a degree or equivalent qualification, rather than being restricted to a particular profession.
Following the deed of transfer in 2016 the Professionals Aid Council now operates under the name Professionals Aid Guild (PAG). The charity continues to help professionals and graduates throughout the UK, and can make a real difference to those affected by redundancy, illness, disability, family breakdown or poverty in retirement. Where appropriate, applicants are advised to contact their own professional body, however, there are still many applicants who are regarded as professionals, but who do not qualify for help from a specific professional fund. For individuals such as these, the charity can frequently offer advice and support – and often may be the only organisation which can help at a time of financial hardship.