Due to a high demand, our grant service is closed to new applications until 1 April 2015. We are sorry but our funds are committed for this financial year and can award no new grants before this time. If you would like to make an application, please do not submit this until 1 April 2015 as we will return any applications received before this date.


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.

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.

Please see message at the top of this page regarding applications. 

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 £4,000
  • not living in a residential care home