Furniture Makers' Charity

The Furniture Makers’ Company is the City of London livery company and charity of the furnishing industry.

We support the industry by:

  • Helping those who work or have worked in the sector
  • Ensuring its long-term prosperity by educating future generations
  • Inspiring excellence in design and manufacture.

The Furniture Makers' Charity was set up more than 100 years ago to support people within the furnishing industry when they need it most.

Around 327,000 people work in furnishing throughout the UK and there are always occasions when someone will need assistance.

Each year, we award grants to help people who work or who have worked in the furniture and furnishing industry who are going through tough times.

To be eligible for financial assistance, you must normally have a minimum of two years’ employment service in any capacity within the UK furnishing industry.

 

Last updated on 21 June 2019

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for financial assistance, you must normally have a minimum of two years’ employment service in any capacity within the UK furnishing industry.

Applications from partners and dependents of deceased employees can also be considered, where ‘dependent’ is defined as an individual who is financially or emotionally dependent upon the industry employee either through age (under 16) or due to mental or physical disability.

What grants can be used for

  • Essential household items, such as white goods
  • Essential household bills
  • Funeral expenses Disabled adaptations
  • Property repairs considered essential due to age, security or access
  • Disabled/medical equipment
  • Respite/ convalescent breaks
  • General financial hardship
  • Pre-tenancy costs and removal costs

Exclusions

Grants are not given for:

  • Assistance towards the clearance of consumer credit debt (In such cases you will need to talk to appropriate professional debt advice organisations)
  • Bankruptcy fees and Debt Relief Orders
  • Legal costs
  • Private education fees
  • Replacement of statutory funding
  • Non-essential home improvements
  • Ongoing financial assistance
  • Loans of any kind
  • Memorial stones
  • Holidays.

How to apply?

You can apply by downloading an application form from the Furniture Makers' Charity website  or by contacting Robin Lomas, the Furniture Makers' Charity Welfare Officer, by emailing: welfareofficer@furnituremakers.org.uk or by calling: 020 7256 5558.

Documents required

A letter/email from your employer confirming employment dates, employment contract/redundancy letter, payslip/pension advice slip or P45.

Grants process

Applications are accepted directly by the individual in need or a family member.

Grants are given directly to the individual or by giving goods/items.

Applications are looked as soon as they are received.

The time taken to process the application depends on the urgency of the case but is usually less than a month.

The charity replies to all enquiries, whether or not they can help.

Contact details

Furniture Makers' Company
Furniture Makers' Hall, 12 Austin Friars
London
EC2N 2HE
Telephone: 020 7256 5558
Email: welfareofficer@furnituremakers.org.uk
Web: http://www.furnituremakers.org.uk/assistance/how-to-apply/