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IOSH Benevolent Fund

Supporting you through difficult times

The IOSH Benevolent Fund (IBF) was formed in 2002 from the Institute of Municipal Safety Officers (IMSO) Welfare Fund. It exists to provide financial help to those suffering extended ill health, disability, or hardship during a prolonged period of unemployment. It is not part of IOSH. It is a separate registered charity, number 1090484.

The Fund is open to current and former members of IOSH and their dependents. Former employees of IOSH are also eligible for help. The Fund is reliant on donations and investment income in order to be able to continue providing help to these individuals. It is governed by its Trustees, currently Steve Granger (Chair), Teresa Budworth (Vice-Chair), Anne Isaacs, Lynn Judge, and Lucy Pritchard.

How the Fund can help you | Apply for support

If you are a current member please log into MyIOSH for more details of how the Fund can help you and to apply for support. Former members, dependents of current and former members, and former employees should email benevolentfund@iosh.com to begin an application for support.

How much help is available?

The amount of help offered is decided by the Fund’s Trustees at their absolute discretion. The Trustees normally make one-off grants for specific items that can’t be funded from another source. In certain circumstances trustees may consider support for a specified period.

What can funds be used for?

Examples of items that may be considered for full or partial funding (not an exhaustive list):

  • Aids for temporary or permanent disability e.g., orthopaedic bed, electronic magnifier, stair lift, car adaptation, mobility scooter
  • Aids to support on-going work/study where the government’s “Access to Work” support for aids and adaptations is not available
  • Essential building repairs (after all other avenues have been pursued through local authorities)
  • Electrical/gas appliances
  • Funeral and associated costs.
What does the Fund not help with?
  • IOSH membership renewal. If you are looking for help to pay your IOSH membership renewal please refer to the Concessionary membership page.
  • Personal or business debts
  • Legal costs
  • Private school fees
  • Home purchase
  • Repayment of loans
  • Private healthcare
  • Civil or criminal fines, court costs, victim surcharges etc.
  • Long-term support for a diminished income, especially where support from the Fund would affect entitlement to state benefits
  • The IOSH Benevolent Fund does not provide loans.
Can I apply more than once?

Yes, repeat applications are welcomed so if you are a previous recipient of support from the IBF and your circumstances continue or change, please get in touch.

If you have any queries regarding the Fund or would like to discuss your specific circumstances please email benevolentfund@iosh.com.