Supporting Friends provides financial help in the form of one-off grants and regular allowances for people aged 60 or over. The aim of the service is to help relieve the stress and worry often experienced by those living on a low income.


Elderly woman laughing with a friend, Friends of the Elderly befriending services









Ways we can help

One-off grants to replace essential items such as basic furniture, flooring, and household appliances.  We can also help with utility bills, household repairs and adaptations and mobility aids.  We do not offer grants for items already purchased, or for council tax payments, rent arrears or care home fees. 

Our regular allowances are paid monthly or twice a year to support older people whose income does not meet their basic cost of living. Our Winter Comforts Fund helps towards the cost of keeping warm in the winter.  We keep in touch with our regular beneficiaries by telephone and letter, hand-made birthday cards plus presents and cards at Christmas.

We can refer beneficiaries living in isolation to our Phoning Friends service.

Wherever possible, we signpost unsuccessful applicants towards other potential sources of funding.

How to Apply

Applications on behalf of individuals are made by referring organisations working in local communities, such as Home Improvement Agencies, Tenancy Support Workers, Social Services, Citizens Advice or Age UK.  The role of the referring organisation is to assist the application process, verifying the applicant’s circumstances and supporting the applicant with purchasing the item or service they need.

Click here for a Supporting Friends application form.

When an application is successful, a cheque for a one-off grant will usually be made payable to the company providing the equipment or service. Payment of regular allowances will be arranged to suit the older person.

Where an applicant may be eligible for help from a benevolent charity connected with a particular trade or occupation, Supporting Friends will suggest an application to that charity in the first instance. However, contributions may be made towards expensive items jointly with other charities.

Who do we help?

Supporting Friends beneficiaries are typically:

  • aged 60 or over
  • living in England or Wales.
  • managing on a low income with savings of less than £3,000 (£4,500 for couples).
  • not living in a residential care home.

Project Funding

Supporting Friends has a fund to provide project grants to community groups, towards the cost of social events for older people, such as day trips and parties.

Community groups interested in project funding are invited to contact the Supporting Friends Manager to discuss the event that requires funding.