Society for the Assistance of Ladies in Reduced Circumstances

 (Registered as a Charity in England & Wales No. 205798)

Since 1886 we have provided

Grants for women in need

About the Society
Latest news
Who we help
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How you can help us
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A brief history Work of this Society Miss Smallwood The team

About the Society...

The Society was founded in 1886 by the late Miss Edith Smallwood. It assists women resident in the United Kingdom who are living alone in their own home (either owned or rented) and in genuine need, irrespective of social status.


Assistance is usually given in the form of a regular allowance.


Applicants will normally be entitled to some state benefits, and we expect them to claim these in full before seeking our help. If you are not sure that you are receiving all the benefits to which you are entitled, we recommend that you contact your local Citizens' Advice Bureau or Turn2Us where an adviser will be pleased to carry out a benefits check for you. Alternatively you could visit the Government's own web site.


There are many benevolent organisations that help people who have worked in a particular trade or profession, and their dependents. They can often be more generous than general charities such as ourselves, and we recommend approaching them first.


The Society does not receive any financial support from national or local government. Our work is funded entirely by gifts and investment income resulting from the generosity of our benefactors over more than a century. See how you could help too.


The full Trustees' Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2015 can be viewed or downloaded from this site.


If you feel we have made a mistake or have done something which you found unsatisfactory or unacceptable please let us know.