About the Benevolent Fund

Illness, redundancy or plain bad luck can happen to anyone. Regardless of qualifications or career pedigee, members sometimes undergo periods of extreme hardship, finding it difficult to make ends meet.

Don’t suffer in silence

The CIOB Benevolent Fund has been providing support for thousands of members and their families since it was set up in 1992. We’re ready and available to offer advice and support you through whatever problems you are facing.

The service is accessible to anyone who either is or has at any time been a member of the CIOB and their dependent families. Financial support is available to those who have been a member for 1 year or more.

Fund Secretary Frank MacDonald and CIOB CEO Caroline Gumble

Frank MacDonald

Our Fund Secretary, Frank MacDonald, is a trained counsellor who offers advice on issues ranging from career development and retraining to employee rights and benefits.
Every day Frank talks to members who have, for one reason or another, fallen on hard times. He can be a sounding board for members worried about job security and can also help those seeking financial assistance in circumstances of temporary inability to work through unemployment, illness or injury.

Financial Support

Grants can be issued for a range of reasons, such as helping with general household costs, enabling essential travel to work and supporting children and spouses. All financial assistance is overseen by an independent board of trustees and cases are handled swiftly, sensitively and in the strictest confidence.

Complete the application form for financial support.

We regret that the CIOB Benevolent Fund cannot assist with the following:

  • Membership fees and medical treatment
  • Legal costs
  • Business-related costs
  • Educational costs
  • Personal or business debts
  • Purchase of Motor Vehicles
  • Home improvements

Financial support is only available to those who have been a member for 1 year or more.

 

Anxiety UK

We are partnered with Anxiety UK, a national registered charity that has been working for nearly 50 years to support those living with anxiety disorders, stress and anxiety-based depression. Our collaboration means that CIOB members and their dependent family members are eligible to receive support from Anxiety UK. 

Call our dedicated team today on:

UK: 01344 630877
International: 0044 1344 630877

Generous Donations

The Benevolent Fund has been created almost entirely through the generous donations of members, either through annual subscriptions or fundraising events. It is a unique resource available to members around the world.
If you’d like to support the Benevolent Fund you can make a donation through the Members’ Portal.