GroceryAid can assist with an annual payment of £884, paid quarterly. This works out at around £17 per week, which can more than double a beneficiary's disposable income.
When someone is eligible for our financial help one of our Welfare Caseworkers will visit them in their home, and make a detailed assessment of their needs. Not only do they look into their financial situation, he or she also checks that the applicant is in possession of all the essentials of modern day living. For example, we ensure that all our beneficiaries have safe fully functioning domestic appliances such as a washing machine, cooker, fridge, telephone and television. Other household equipment provided over the last year has also included microwave ovens and beds.
Beneficiaries with mobility difficulties can be provided with electrically powered wheelchairs and scooters, stairlifts and recliner chairs. And for particularly frail or vulnerable beneficiaries who live alone, we are able to provide Telephone Response Systems, which enable them to feel more confident in their own homes.
Emergency grants are made available when necessary to help towards the cost of items such as walk-in showers, boilers, roof repairs, security items or double-glazing.
For those in the industry who have worked for some time but perhaps not quite long enough to qualify for our ongoing support, or who do not qualify within our financial parameters, we are sometimes able to provide one-off grants. These can make an enormous difference to many beneficiaries, particularly those who are householders and struggling to maintain their homes. These applications are judged on their own individual merit.
Extra help in the holidays
At Christmas time thanks to the support of many companies throughout the industry, GroceryAid sends out a 'Voucher Hamper' of coupons, vouchers and gift cards to all beneficiaries to help at what can be a difficult time of year.
Steve Barnes, Chief Executive at GroceryAid, comments: "Whilst Christmas is generally the busiest time for our industry it is so heartwarming to see so many companies coming together to support former industry colleagues."
Subject to the discretion of the Trustees, beneficiaries may also receive help in the form of a winter fuel grant (£100 in Dec, £75 in March) and those with dependents may receive £150 per dependent to help with extra costs at both Christmas and during the summer.
The freephone GroceryAid Helpline is also available to everyone in the industry - those currently working who need a bit of extra help and also former grocery industry colleagues.Subjects covered include:
- Financial support and advice, including benefits information
- Personal issues including family, children and relationships
- Carers Programme for those who care for others
- Career support
- Health and mental health issues
- Legal issues
- Telephone counselling
- Help with depression and anxiety through a supported and approved programme