General Assistance

General Assistance

  • We can advise you how to get the statutory funding you are entitled to
  • We can assist you in finding the right support by signposting specific occupational funds on which you may have some claim by virtue of training or profession
  • We can assist with on-going living expenses depending on your individual needs
  • We cannot help towards any individual’s living expenses, who reside outside the UK
  • We cannot help if your savings are above £6,000 if you are under pension credit age or £10,000 if you are over pension credit age.

Am I Eligible? In today’s society, investing in a good education or having a reputable family background no longer guarantees financial security for people in the UK. In fact, it is often individuals with these attributes who are worst affected by poverty as they are either exempt from help or are not aware of the support available. We try to help individuals from all occupational backgrounds until they have an opportunity to return to employment. In the first instance, we will refer you to an occupational or trade benevolent fund that is specifically relevant to your occupation. Once their decision is made, we will only step in if extra funding is needed. In order to qualify for help the following criteria need to be satisfied:

Type of Education: We can assist people who have a good educational background.  We may also be able to assist you if either of your parents or your partner/spouse fit this criterion.

Type of Occupation: We can assist people who are, or were formerly, employed in the private education sector (e.g. tutors, lecturers, governesses). We consider individuals who are, or were formerly, employed in the Arts (e.g. artists, authors, dancers). We are also happy to consider help for ex-military officers. We may also be able to assist you if either of your parents or your partner/spouse fit this criterion.

Income:  We compare your level of income to a figure that is 80% of the UK’s median household income after tax, housing costs and the age and number of your children in your family is taken into account.

Savings:  You must have less than £6,000 in savings if you are under pension credit age or £10,000 if you are over pension credit age.

How to Apply If you are in need of financial support and think you may be eligible for assistance, please complete our enquiry form Alternatively, you can write to us: Administration Department, The Guild of Aid, 10 St Christopher’s Place, London, W1U 1HZ