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Benefits and Grants Update June 2016

See our latest updates about benefits, grants and useful resources

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Grants Spotlight: CSSBI

This month's Grants Spotlight is on CSSBI (Church Schoolmasters and Schoolmistresses Benevolent Institution)

The CSSBI provides financial support for teachers, both current and former, lecturers and teachers in training. They must be members of the Church of England or another recognised Christian denomination and live in England or Wales. 

The charity's aim is to meet specific short-term needs caused by unforeseen significant misfortune, in order to help people re-establish themselves, and regain financial stability. This may include their immediate family. 

Find out more about CSSBI

Armed Forces Day - 25 June 2016

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

If you or someone close to you has a connection to the Armed Forces - still serving, veteran or family member - and are in financial need, Turn2us resources can help you to find help through benefits, charitable funds and other financial help. 

Armed Forces charities

There are a number of military charities that provide assistance to people with an Armed Forces background, each with their own set of eligibility requirements.

These include:

  • UK-wide and national Armed Forces charities, such as the Royal British Legion, SSAFA (the Soldiers, Sailors, Air Force Association), The Officers’ Association and Poppyscotland
  • Charities helping people who have served in particular branches of the Armed Forces, for example: ABF The Soldiers’ Charity; The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund; and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
  • Regimental associations/charities, for example: The Royal Engineers Association, Royal Artillery Charity, The Royal Signals Benevolent Fund
  • Charities concerned with specific aspects of service, such as: The Burma Star Association, AJEX Charitable Foundation (formerly known as The Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen & Women)
  • Charities that help people from Armed Forces who have a particular medical condition: for example: Blind Veterans UK, British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association, Combat Stress.     

Help may be available to them from one of these charities, for people who:

  • Are still serving
  • Are veterans
  • Served as a regular or reserve, because of the Second World War or National Service
  • Had a long or short period of service
  • Are the partner, spouse, widow, widower or dependent child of someone who served.
  • Other charitable funds

Use the Turn2us Grants Search to find Armed Forces charities

Your Situation: Armed Forces/Veteran

The Turn2us Your Situation has an Armed Forces (Serving/Veterans) section which contains information on benefits and other help that may be available to Armed Forces serving personnel, veterans and their families.

In the news

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Mental Health Week and Dementia Awareness Week

International ME Day (12 May 2016)

Deaf Awareness Week

Useful resources

#PowertotheBump campaign helps young mums tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination

Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a new campaign, ‘#PowertotheBump’, which highlights young mothers' rights at work in an effort to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination. The organisation's research shows that young mothers are at higher risk of discrimination and disadvantage.

Find out more about the #PowertotheBump campaign

See Turn2us' Expecting a Child information section

Date of publication: June 2016