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Members Benevolent Fund

File 118834CSP's Members Benevolent Fund was set up in 1917 to assist members experiencing financial difficulties.

Do you need financial help yourself? Use CSP documentation to apply for MBF funds.

The fund is a source of support to this day, helping members, fellows, associates and students past and present who may be experiencing financial difficulties following, for example, an accident, serious illness or relationship break-up. 

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The MBF Centenary

File 203784The Members' Benevolent Fund was formed in January 1917, in in response to Society members no longer able to support themselves or their families as a result of the Great War.

Now, the Trustees have been working to mark 100 years of the fund and ensure that it moves forward in line with the requirements of a modern charity.

The history of the fund will on display at various conferences during the year and it will be available online. 

The Centenary Challenge

The MBF ‘Centenary Challenge’ is asking for 100 members (or groups of members) to raise £100 during 2017.

This could raise £10,000 to provide preventative workshops for members, with the aim of helping members before a problem necessitates financial assistance.

Workshops would cover topics like finances, retirement preparation, and coping with stress. The ultimate aim is to have these online for members to access as and when they need them.

This year we will start with a pilot project of four financial workshops to help members cope with finances, budgeting, debts and good financial habits and planning.

They will start in London in June. Others will take place around the country and are free for any member wishing to attend. Dates will be available shortly and information about how to apply.

You can download the Centenary leaflet from the Members Benevolent Fund documents page.

How can the Members Benevolent Fund help?

Over the years MBF has helped many members with either a single grant or with regular monthly financial assistance to meet ongoing living costs or to help with the provision of heating or transport.

These contributions can assist towards:

  • special equipment to aid independent living
  • household repairs
  • short-term emergency childcare
  • unexpected costs incidents such as flooding or a car accident.

We can also pay the CSP subscriptions of those receiving assistance to keep them in touch with the Society. We are unable, however, pay for HCPC subscriptions as they can only be paid directly by the person themselves.

Who can apply?

The Members Benevolent Fund monies are available to help anyone who is or has been a full member of the Society (UK or overseas), an Associate member or a Student member.

If you need help or know someone who needs help, please contact us on mbf@csp.org.uk for an application form or download one below. All applications are dealt with in complete confidence.

The MBF exists to assist you wherever it can, and will remain in touch for as long as support is required. This may be weeks or years.

How can you help?

The MBF Trustees are very grateful to the CSP who give the MBF an annual grant. This, together with income from the MBF Trust Fund, enables our work to continue.

However, we are also reliant on donations from CSP members to enable us to give those little extras like a gift at Christmas and on birthdays.

You can make a single donation or a regular contribution, and by using Gift Aid we can claim an extra 25p in the pound from the taxman on your donation.

You can now donate on line by visiting www.virginmoneygiving.com

You could hold a coffee morning or other event to assist the MBF or choose to remember the MBF in your will.

Members Benevolent Fund applications and queries

For MBF queries, application forms or more information about donations, please contact mbf@csp.org.uk.

The application forms are below. Members and Associates should use the general form and there is a separate one for Student Applications. Please do not change the forms in any way.

Please send the completed and signed form to the MBF at the CSP. Electronic forms can be sent to mbf@csp.org.uk but must also be sent by post.

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22 March 2017
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