Sources of grants and other financial help and advice

AFTAID – Aid for the Aged in Distress

9 Bonhill Street



Tel: 0870 803 1950



Grants available to older people who are in severe financial need, applications can be made by individuals or by professionals acting on an individual’s behalf.



Charity Search


25 Portview Road



BS11 9LD

Telephone: 01179 824060 Mon to Fri from 9am to 2.30pm.



Charity Search provides information for people aged over 50 about charities and trusts who may provide financial help. It also gives details of how to apply. You can contact them yourself, or ask someone to do it on your behalf.



Independent Age


Independent Age

18 Avonmore Road


W14 8RR

Tel: 020 7605 4200 (General enquiries)



The charity provides a national information and advice service for older people, their families and carers focusing on:


  • Social Care, including care at home, in hospital and residential care
  • Welfare benefits
  • Befriending Services and other social support


For further information and advice contact:

Adviceline on: 0800 319 6789 open Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm and 9am – 1pm Saturday, email:



The Leonardo Trust


5 Dunyeats Road

Broadstone BH18 8AA

Tel: 01202 698325  or


The Leonardo Trust is an independent charity set up to provide help and support for those who care for another person, full time, in their own home, within Dorset.  The Trust may be able to assist with the cost of replacement care for the cared for person, but the main aim is to provide respite and relaxation for the carer whatever age.  Following a referral, the trust may be able to help with funding for the carer to help with respite breaks, short holidays through to educational courses, classes, home repairs and improvements.  The Leonardo Trust is not a care agency and does not provide care attendants.

The Trust does not help with the provision of equipment for the cared for person or make cash grants to individuals.



Macmillan Advice Service


Cancer can have an impact on your finances through loss of income, lack of knowledge about what benefits you may be entitled to, or just not feeling well enough to deal with all your personal administration and in need of some advice or practical help. Contact the Macmillan Helpline about all things related to cancer on 0800 808 00 00, or go online to download information at:  .



National Benevolent Fund for the Aged (NBFA)


Email:  or


The National Benevolent Fund for the Aged was founded to improve the quality of life for older people in the UK who live on a low income.  Information and advice available on a range of subjects.



The Pensions Advisory Service


11 Belgrave Road



Helpline: 0800 011 3797

General Office: 020 7630 2250



The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) has been assisting members of the public to resolve pension problems since 1983 in various ways either by telephone or written advice, conciliation or by involvement by one of our volunteer professional advisers.  The Pensions Advisory Service can also assist you by providing information and general advice on a whole range of pension issues.



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