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Dance charities merge

Following the successful merger of the Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund and the Dance Teachers Benevolent Fund, the charity has adopted the working name of the Dance Professionals Fund (DPF).

The new name has been chosen to signpost the all-encompassing support the Fund provides to a variety of people from the dance profession.

What does the Dance Professionals Fund do?

The Dance Professionals Fund works with present and former dance professionals in need, including dancers, choreographers and choreologists, as well as dance teachers.

Be it illness, injury, financial or personal difficulties, the Dance Professionals Fund is there to offer aid.

As the two Funds always have done in the past, the new combined charity will offer compassion and advice alongside practical assistance.

Chairman's comments

Dame Monica Mason, Chairman, said: "This is a significant move forward for us as we celebrate 80 years as a charity. We hope that this will encourage even more people to access our services".

Find out more

For more information, please visit the Dance Professionals Fund website

Read our Grants Spotlight feature on the Dance Professionals Fund

Education Support Partnership

Our Grants Spotlight in August was on Education Support Partnership - the only charity providing mental health and wellbeing support services to all staff working in education in the UK.

Education Support Partnership understands the unique pressures that working in education puts on people. That’s why it provides independent, confidential support, to help people deal with stress and anxiety, bullying, career and money worries, and a range of other issues.

Find out more about Education Support Partnership

GroceryAid achieves record results

GroceryAid is the national charity for people working or who have worked in the grocery industry - whether for a manufacturer, wholesaler, supply chain or grocery store. Grants are available for people in financial need on low incomes who have five or more years service and their spouses/long-term partners.

During the past twelve months GroceryAid has spent a record high of £4,384,950 on welfare support, be it financial assistance or through the GroceryAid Helpline, which during the last year has seen more than 7,800 people call in or access the online support. The charity's Carers Programme, now in its second year, continues to offer financial and emotional support to around 580 people, assisting almost one fifth to juggle caring responsibilities and employment.

Director-General's comments

Gillian Barker, GroceryAid Director General commented;

“I am delighted to report that another great year of industry support has enabled GroceryAid to help even more current and former colleagues in need. We have for the first time in our history helped more than 11,000 grocery colleagues. However, the need for our support has never been greater and we are very thankful that our industry continues to stand behind our work.”

Find out more about GroceryAid

UCAS tick box for student carers campaign success for Carers Trust

Since 2014, Carers Trust has been asking for a tick box which would prompt young adult carers to identify themselves.

In February, student carer Carol Hayward, 21, started a campaign calling for this change to the UCAS form so that universities could easily find out whether applicants would be studying as well as caring unpaid, for someone with an illness, disability, mental health problem or an addiction.

Carers Trust backed the campaign and in just six weeks more than 2,500 signatures poured in to show their support.

UCAS has now confirmed that from 2018 there will be a specific option on its Apply form.

Comment from Carers Trust Chief Executive

Gail Scott-Spicer, CEO of Carers Trust, said:

"This campaign has been for a small change, but one that will make a huge difference to the lives of student carers across the UK, as long as universities across the country now commit to using the information they will be given in order to provide the support that student carers need and deserve."

Comment from student carer Carol Hayward

"I know from first-hand experience how difficult it is being a student but also a carer. I am really thrilled today to have learnt that UCAS will be improving their form for carers at the earliest possible date."

Find out more about Carers Trust

Date of publication: September 2016