Financial support available to help older people stay warm in winter

We believe that no one should face having to keep the heating switched off when temperatures drop.

Friends of the Elderly offer grants to older people in England and Wales, who are over the state retirement age and living on low incomes. Applications can be for financial support towards the older person’s home essentials, bills and household repairs. Training or equipment to enable them to get online is also provided, helping them to stay connected.

Applying is easy. 

Applications need to be made through a referring agent. This can be a charity, community group, the Citizens Advice, local health or social care team.

Download the application form here. Guidance notes with all of the information required to apply can be downloaded here.

A friendly team is ready to help with any queries and can be contacted by email at hello@fote.org.uk or phone on 033 0332 1110 (9am to 5pm).

Older man happy after receiving financial supportThe grants I’ve received are a lifeline.

Martin*, 76 used to be a social worker who had to stop working when his eyesight started deteriorating.

He lives with multiple health conditions that mean he can no longer get out and about. He also uses an electric bed and hoist every day. This raised his electricity bills and forced Martin to make difficult decisions to reduce costs.

“Many times I have had to choose to turn the heater off and wrap up warm”, said Martin

Six years ago, Martin was awarded a grant for a new oven which he applied through The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

Since then, Friends of the Elderly has been providing Martin with ongoing support in the form of an annual allowance, which he puts towards his electricity and gas bills. Our support also helps him pay for home care workers to bring him hot meals.

Martin told us “Before I received support from Friends of the Elderly, I was having a hard time keeping on top of my bills. The grants I’ve received are a lifeline; I don’t have to worry about turning on the heating or having money for a hot meal, which is such a relief.”

To find out how you, or someone you know, can apply through a referrer for a grant from Friends of the Elderly, call 033 0332 1110 or email hello@fote.org.uk. Learn more about our grants programme here.

*Names have been changed to protect identities

Download guidance notes (pdf)    Download an application form (pdf)

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