How We Help

 

How We Help We understand that people in financial difficulty often spend many hours seeking the right kind of help, so we want to be clear about what we can do to help you. Our grants are very modest so we always advise that you seek alternative funding also. We can help with needs that fall under the following two categories: General Assistance or  Specific Needs

The following information will help you decide if you are eligible for a Guild of Aid grant.

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.

 Specific Needs:

  • We can contribute towards essential household furniture, including white goods
  • We can only help with essential repairs that relate to safety, security and/or independent living in your home
  • We can help with the purchase of essential clothing
  • We can assist with costs for respite care
  • We can assist with residential and nursing home fees in certain circumstances
  • We cannot cover private medical fees, including prescription charges
  • We cannot cover vet bills or pet insurance
  • We cannot clear debts, including mortgage repayments and/or utility bills
  • We cannot cover holiday expenses, except in very restricted circumstances
  • We cannot help towards purchase of electronic equipment, including personal computers, laptops or stereos
  • We cannot help towards the purchase of automobiles (new or used)

If you are in need of financial support and feel you may be eligible for assistance, please complete our enquiry form.

Am I Eligible? You must be a UK citizen over the age of 18.  You may also be eligibile for unding if you have indefinite leave to remain within the UK.  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 try to help individuals from all occupational backgrounds. 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