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

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Some examples of our help...

We no longer make one-off grants - suggestions where to look for help for these and other purposes are listed elsewhere.

We always respect the privacy of applicants; all information is treated with the utmost confidentiality. For this reason we do not publish photographs or names. However, the following examples are based on actual cases where we have been able to provide some help. The photographs are of models, obtained through and used courtesy of the photographers.


Mrs P was widowed when her husband died suddenly three years ago at the age of 59. She receives a widow's pension from his employer of 160.72 per week. She is now aged 57, and having given up her part time job to look after her husband shortly before his death has been unable to find new employment. The law says she only needs 73.10 per week on which to live, so she does not qualify for Jobseekers Allowance and receives only limited help with her rent and council tax, leaving her with just 86.24 per week on which to live.


A monthly allowance of 130.00 enables her to buy necessary items which she would otherwise be unable to afford.


Miss S is aged 58. For many years she stayed at home to look after her aged parents. She later worked as a secretary, but is currently unemployed and receives Jobseekers Allowance of 73.10 per week out of which she has to pay 3.25 towards her Council Tax. Her parents left her enough to enable her to buy her flat, but she has no other savings.


The Society makes a grant of 130 per month towards living expenses.



Miss B came to the Society in June 2015. She was aged 51, single and unemployed. She was receiving 73.10 per week Jobseekers Allowance, and the rent and council tax for her studio flat were being paid by benefits.


Miss B had previously done a variety of administrative jobs, but was now finding it difficult to obtain work. The Society made a grant of 130 per month towards her living expenses while she re-trained, and in March 2016 she obtained work in the care sector.


All figures are correct as at February 2017