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Indirect financial assistance for older people in distress in the UK who need essential items to make their lives more comfortable. Grants are paid directly to the provider or supplier of goods.
Funding body: Aid for the Aged in Distress
Maximum value: Discretionary
Application deadline: None specified
Established in June 1982, AFTAID amalgamated with the registered charity, 'Aid for the Aged', whose aims and objectives were also to alleviate the plight of older people in financial stress throughout the United Kingdom.
Objectives of Fund
AFTAID offers direct financial relief to older people in distress. This is often in emergency circumstances or to address a wide range of 'quality of life' issues which are not covered elsewhere. AFTAID concentrates its efforts and resources directly to older people in the United Kingdom who are struggling to meet their basic needs.
Grants are not awarded directly to the applicant. The payment is made directly to the provider of the services or goods. A beneficiary does not receive the grant, but gets the help needed as soon as possible.
Who Can Apply
The beneficiary of the grant must be:
At least 65 years of age.
A UK citizen, resident in the United Kingdom.
On a lower income and have minimal savings.
A letter of support is required for all eligible applicants from a social worker, doctor or similar professional of the official care services.
Grants will not be made for the following:
Ongoing or retrospective payments.
Repayment of debts.
AFTAID award emergency grants for anything which is required to take away hardship from the day-to-day life of an older person.
For example, this can include:
Small emergency house repairs.
Essential or emergency house cleaning.
Central heating boiler.
Installation of phone line.
'Blind' software for PC.
Wheelchair access ramp.
How To Apply
Applications can be made at any time.
Applicants are required to fill in an online form, available from the AFTAID website, to provide the details which enable AFTAID to send a full grant application form by return email. This form must be completed and returned along with written support from care professionals (Doctor, Social Worker etc.) who are personally aware of the beneficiary's situation.
Useful documents & links
Addresses and contacts
For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:
Aid for the Aged in Distress
9 Bonhill Street
Email: [email protected]
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