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Members Benevolent Fund

File 118834The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy 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. We are a caring profession and we want to make sure that we look after our members in times of need.

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.

Some awards are one-off payments contributing towards special equipment to aid independent living, household repairs, short-term emergency childcare or to assist with unexpected costs from, for example, flooding or a car accident. If money is tight anyway, those unexpected occurrences can just be too much to cope with.

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.

Most of our beneficiaries are in their 30s and 40s and they apply for different reasons. Monthly assistance may continue long term if necessary, be it a one-off payment or for just a few months to help someone get back on their feet again.

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.

There is a limit on capital savings, over which we cannot assist, in line with the maximum figure used by the Department of Work and Pensions to decide on eligibility (currently £16,000). The criteria that we use for assessing need are in line with UK Charity Law and we are unable to repay debt.

If you need help or know someone who needs help, please contact us on for an application form or download one below.

All applications are dealt with in complete confidence and details given are not revealed outside the membership of the MBF committee.

Only Trustees are involved in making decisions about the amount of support to be given to an applicant. Each application is different and judged on the individual circumstances and we do expect applicants to be honest about their circumstances.

Trustees are generally unwilling to change their decision when further information comes to light after the application has been made.

The MBF exists to assist our colleagues 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

You could hold a coffee morning or other event to assist the MBF or be sponsored in a marathon for example. You never know, it may be you who one day needs help because the unexpected has happened.

You could also choose to remember the MBF in your Will and leave a legacy to assist members of the CSP in the future. Please help us to help our colleagues.

Members Benevolent Fund applications and queries

For MBF queries, application forms or more information about donations, please contact or Simone Tomlinson, MBF administrator, on 020 7306 6168.

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 but must also be sent by post.


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27 July 2015
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