Take the first step

Our advice and assistance is available to members past and present. Take the first step and get in touch. We can offer financial assistance, wellbeing support for those struggling with anxiety, stress or anxiety-based depression, or advice and support with housing, finances or employment.



Apply for Financial Assistance

For financial assistance, please complete the application form and return to Fund Manager Emma McKay via email to [email protected].

When filling in the application please ensure to include as much information as you can as this will help us to assist you the best we can.

Please ensure you read our Guide fully before applying so you are aware of the circumstances of when we can and cannot provide financial support.

Once submitted, the document will be reviewed by a panel of Trustees (CIOB Fellows). You may be contacted to discuss parts of your application further. Applications are received and administered without delay, so you’re assured of a timely response.

All information provided in the application is strictly confidential.

Get Support

Are you struggling with anxiety, stress or depression? Do you need to talk to someone? Working alongside Anxiety UK, we can support members struggling with anxiety, stress or anxiety-based depression.

This is a free service to CIOB members who require wellbeing support.

Support will take the form of holistic wellbeing assessments, leading to a personalised treatment plan, which can include accessing psychological therapy services.

If you think you would benefit from this service, reach out to us today. Call us on 01344 630877. We will refer you to Anxiety UK and you will be contacted within 2-5 days.

Anxiety UK also have a friendly team who can provide immediate support. Visit their website to find out more or get in touch.

All information provided is strictly confidential.

For wellbeing support call us on:

UK: 01344 630877

INTERNATIONAL: 0044 1344 630877

Talk to Us

The Fund’s service of advice and support is available to all members and their families.

Our Fund Manager Emma McKay is here to help by:

  • Providing advice and support if you have concerns about housing, employment or finances, or just need somebody to talk to
  • Assisting families with budgeting advice and with identifying sources of additional support

Contact Emma: 

Email: [email protected]

Call: 01344 630733

The Partnership

The CIOB Benevolent Fund’s partnership with Anxiety UK means that CIOB Members and their dependent family members are eligible to receive support from Anxiety UK.

Every beneficiary who reaches out for support through this partnership will receive a year’s Anxiety UK membership, which will include complementary access to further, wider support if required.


Can any member ask for help?

The CIOB Benevolent Fund is accessible to all CIOB members past and present and their dependent family members.

What kind of problems can the Fund provide financial help with?

The CIOB Benevolent Fund can help with:

  • Financial assistance for Members and their dependent families in circumstances of crisis such as illness, unemployment and financial hardship
  • Grants to help with general household costs
  • Grants to help with essential travel (to work)
  • Grants to help families in hardship to buy clothing or household items
  • Grants to help Members with children living at home and in hardship
  • Short-term, skills-based training
How has the CIOB Benevolent Fund supported members over the years?

Since 1992, the Benevolent Fund has offered advice and support to many thousands of members. In addition, the Trustees have provided financial assistance to members and their families, in excess of £800,000.