PLEASE NOTE: due to the Coronavirus crisis, we have suspended the normal operation of our benevolent fund activities below.
The Benevolent/Hardship fund has been rolled into a new and enhanced Community Member Support Fund. Bursary applications for 2020 will be deferred until next year.
Our normal Regional charity fund is also being rolled into the Community Member Support Fund with the aim of supporting more local charities helping people get through the crisis.
Our members' children represent the future, and we aim to support them on their journey into adulthood. If your children are under the age of 16, you can register them with us. They will then receive birthday cards and gift vouchers at key stages of their childhood, such as when they first start school. We also celebrate your child with a £50 ‘baby bonus’ payment for parents.
The small print
• For members who have transferred from other unions, rules apply regarding eligibility of children born or adopted before the relevant transfer date (it depends on your industry!). Our advisors will be able to let you know if this applies to you.
• To receive the ‘baby bonus’ you must have been a member of Community for at least 12 months prior to your child's birth or adoption date.
How to apply:
• To register a child under the Child Benefit Scheme, download and complete an application form.
• Alternatively, you can ask your workplace rep for an application form, or call the Service Centre on 0800 389 6332.
All of Community's benefits and services, including the child benefit, are only available to paying members of the union.
If you’ve recently experienced a serious illness or work-related injury, you may well be in need of some rest and recuperation. We partner with two historic convalescent homes to provide you with a free fortnight in beautiful surroundings; with full board and expenses paid. You can even take a partner with you!
The small print
• If members take a partner, the stay is reduced to 1 week.
• The convalescent homes do not have nursing facilities; so you need to be able to care for yourself.
• Applications must be signed off by a doctor.
• Members can visit Railway Convalescent Home in Devon or Blair Castle in Fife, depending on locality and season.
How to apply:
• To apply for a convalescent stay, call the Service Centre on 0800 389 6332, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of Community's benefits and services, including the convalescent benefit, are only available to paying members of the union.
The Hardship Fund exists to provide assistance to members and their families who are experiencing severe financial hardship. Donations are made to those with exceptional needs, for whom state support is insufficient or not forthcoming. Typically many individuals and families are in distress and have few other places to turn to for support.
If you’re a Community member and would like to apply for the Hardship fund, you can download an application form here. Alternatively, you can call the Service Centre on 0800 389 6332 and ask to be posted a form. If your organisation has a workplace rep, you can also speak directly to them.
All of Community's benefits and services, including the Hardship fund, are only available to paying members of the union.
The regional charity fund is a £500 fund available every 3 months for local charities and good causes supported by our members in our Community branches. If you are a member with a charity or good cause you believe Community could support, you can apply online by clicking this link. (All physical applications must be submitted to your local regional office for consideration).
Community has always been a champion of lifelong learning. But we always want to do more. So we have established a fund that provides members (or their children) with a bursary to support them in their first year at university or higher education college.
"As somebody who has been a lifelong learner through the union, I know the value of a good education. I also know that thanks to this government the cost of higher education has dramatically increased. That's why I'm proud that we are offering this opportunity to our members and their children.
"I hope members who are going back into education or the sons or daughters of our members will consider applying. We did talk about whether we could provide all members and their children with a higher education benefit but rather than providing £20 book tokens for all, we decided it would be better to provide a smaller group of individuals with a bursary that could transform their experience of their first year in higher education and that, in turn, they could go on to inspire others.” Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary
The small print!
How to apply for 2020
All of Community's benefits and services, including the bursary benefit, are only available to paying members of the union.
Community's bereavement has now been transformed into a brand new benefit known as LifeChange. Click here to see all of the great extras LifeChange will offer you as a Community member