Friends of the Elderly

Friends of the Elderly provides grants to older people over State Pension age (now around 65 for both women and men), living in England or Wales, who have a low income and savings of less than £4,000.

Our average grant is £300 and we rarely give more than this. All applications need to come through a referring agent.

We help with home essentials such as white goods, digital connection and can give financial support with unexpected bills.


Last updated on 16 July 2019

Who is eligible?

You can apply for a grant with us if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are of State Pension age (now around 65 for both men and women). We can only help people over State Pension Age which is changing and depends on when you were born. You can use the State Pension Age Calculator on the Gov.UK website to check your eligibility.
  • You live in England or Wales.
  • You are managing on a low income with savings of less than £4,000.
  • You are not living in a residential care home.

What we don't give grants for

We don't give grants for pledges, respite, goods that have already been purchased, rent and service charges 

We do not give grants to people who have served in the Armed Forces or who live in a residential care home.

How to apply?

See the Friends of the Elderly website section on grants for information on 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.

We take about six weeks on average to process grant applications and we reply to all applicants, whether or not we can help them.

Other information

The charity also offers other types of support in England:

  • A befriending programme for people aged 60 and over who live in Woking
  • Care homes, day care and home care services across England

Visit the Friends of the Elderly website for more information.

Contact details

40–42 Ebury Street
Telephone: 02077308263

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