The Benevolent Fund of the College of Optometrists and the Association of Optometrists

The Fund gives grants to working and retired optometrists that have been registered with the General Optical Council, and their widows, widowers or partners.

The Fund may also help any member of an optometrist’s family who is dependent on them for financial support.

Grants may be given to help with the costs of:

  • a washing machine
  • a winter fuel bill
  • essential car or minor household repairs
  • the cost of General Optical Council registration fee or return to practice training costs
  • helping someone's mental or physical quality of life, such as respite care, home help while recovering from an illness or injury, or counselling
  • disability aids or adaptations
  • the fund can sometimes give top-up grants to someone who is finding it very difficult to avoid getting into debt

Last updated on 30 July 2019

Who is eligible?

You may be eligible if you are:

  • a working or retired optometrist that has been registered with the General Optical Council
  • a widow, widower or partner of a working or retired optometrist
  • a family member of an optometrist who depends on them financially

How to apply?

Call, email or write to the charity to request an application form. If you need assistance to complete the form, please contact the Fund. 

You should be claiming any state benefits which you are entitled to to be considered for a grant.

Applications are considered all year round. Applicants are usually visited as part of the application process.

Other information

We also people find sources of financial help or advice and help pay for it if necessary.

Contact details

55 Colchester Road
White Colne
Colchester
Essex
CO6 2PW
Telephone: 01787223800
Email: admin@opticalbenfund.com
Web: http://www.opticalbenfund.com

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