If you are unable to afford your living costs, an essential home repair, or a cost related to disability, you may qualify for assistance from a charity.
Each of the charities has their own rules about how to apply. Some welcome direct applications while others prefer referrals from other organisations, such as another charity or a support worker.
These are some of the main funds that can help nurses and healthcare assistants.
If you or your partner has worked in another occupation, you may wish to find out if there is a charitable fund related to people from that particular profession.
A longer list of funds can be found here: https://grants-search.turn2us.org.uk
Support considered for registered nurses who have worked as a community, district or school nurse, health visitor, community midwife or community psychiatric nurse
Applications considered from nurses, former nurses and HCAs who have practised in the UK for a minimum of 5 years and find themselves in hardship.
Nurses in employment or retired who live in England, Scotland or Wales. Grants for specific items. Cannot fund mortgages, rent, fuel, phone bills, food, educational fees, medical or personal care, or pay creditors.
Applicants must apply using the form on the website (can be posted on request).
Grants to people who hold or have formerly held occupations requiring a certain level of responsibility and education, or whose partners have done so. Nurses and former nurses can apply. Applicants must be British Citizens. Applicants must be on a low income and have under £4000 in savings.
Grants are considered for people who have worked in registered care or supported living. There are further criteria listed here: https://www.thecareworkerscharity.org.uk/grant-criteria