There for you


We support members in a variety of ways mainly through confidential advice and financial assistance in the form of grants. For example we can help with sorting out finances, advise on benefits or put members in touch with another organisation that can help. A grant could be made, for example, to assist with household bills, ease debts or help with the cost of a much-needed break. We can often increase the financial support available by collaborating with other grant making organisations.

Support is offered through our team of experienced casework staff at national office and network of branch welfare officers. They are there to listen and help.

The difficult circumstances confronting members who need are help are rarely the result of a single problem. The grants we give often provide a vital breathing space whilst we work with other parts of UNISON and other agencies to find the varied and longer term solutions required.

Welcome to UNISON’s registered charity. We are a unique confidential service offering advice and support just for UNISON members and their families:

  • Debt advice
  • Listening and support
  • Financial assistance
  • Breaks and holidays
  • Personal advice

This section contains more information about the range of services and types of help that are available:

School uniform grants

UNISON Welfare has responded to the reduction in assistance available with the cost of school uniforms by agreeing an additional grants programme that will assist low income members meet these costs.

Reducing fuel costs

Struggling to pay your bills? Increased heating, lighting and water bills, along with the impact of the recession, mean that many members are having problems paying their fuel bills.