Foresters Extras - Available at no extra cost
By taking out any of our Foresters plans you, or your child if the policy is held in their name, automatically become a member of the Society which gives you access to Foresters Extras - our membership package at no additional cost.
We constantly review all our benefits to make sure our members get the best options.
The membership benefits we provide aren't regulated and are regularly reviewed by us to ensure they are relevant to our members.
Financial Assistance - Discretionary Grants
We provide a number of discretionary financial grants to help you to cover the cost of things like higher education, healthcare costs and convalescence assistance. If you would like to find out more information on any of our discretionary grants, including how to make a claim, then don't hesitate to call us on 0800 783 4162.
Our discretionary grants include assistance to cover the cost of dental and optical care.
Financial support for you
The Foresters Support fund makes grants available to help our adult members (over the age of 18) in times of hardship by paying up to £2,000 to assist with difficult times. For example, discretionary grants of this kind have helped our members affected by floods and members facing illness.
Our Education Awards provide grants for members aged 16 and over who are in further education and studying for a recognised qualification. Up to £220 a year can be awarded for a full-time or part-time course, which will help to cover the cost of books, travel expenses or other items.
Our discretionary Convalescent Grants assist members recuperating after short or long illnesses by providing a stay in a convalescent home free of charge. Foresters Friendly Society supports a convalescent home in Bridlington, Yorkshire, which has been used by thousands of our members to rest, recuperate and recover following illness. Members can stay for up to two weeks over two years and non-members, such as spouses, can accompany them for an additional charge. We also provide grants for stays in convalescent homes in other locations. For further information please call 0800 101 8310.
Financial support for children
As part of our benevolent approach, the Foresters Child Support fund was set up to commemorate members who died during the First World War. To this day it continues to provide financial assistance and children can receive up to £1,000 every year until their 19th birthday for:
- The relief, maintenance or education of children who have lost a parent
- The relief or maintenance of a totally incapacitated parent or parents
- Children who are incapacitated or have special needs.
- Children who are carers.
If you'd like to find out more information on any of our discretionary grants, including how to make a claim, then don't hesitate to call us on 0800 783 4162.
Manchester Unity Credit Union
Foresters’ members can join Manchester Unity Credit Union (MUCU), a financial co-operative owned and controlled by its members. MUCU offers savings from a minimum £5 a month, and when you have a savings history with them, you may also be eligible to borrow money (subject to status, Terms and Conditions apply).
Manchester Unity Credit Union is an independent organisation and
further information about joining can be obtained
by calling 0161 214 4629 or by visiting www.manchesterunitycu.co.uk
Please note that Foresters Friendly Society takes no responsibility
for the information provided on the Manchester Unity Credit Union website.
Manchester Unity Credit Union Ltd is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, Reg No 213401.
Practical and emotional support
In addition to financial support, we provide members with access to emotional and practical support in times of need.
With 20 years’ experience, RedArc, providers of our Foresters Care service, has earned a reputation for service excellence, supporting thousands of people through serious illness, chronic health conditions, disabilities, trauma and bereavement.
Your Personal Nurse Adviser is at the heart of the service. A highly experienced, registered nurse will provide long-term one-to-one guidance and support tailored for your particular circumstances.
- The diagnosis of a serious health condition such as cancer, heart attack or stroke is a worrying time
- Stress and depression as well as the effects of traumatic experiences can be debilitating
- If you have lost someone close, you may need help to come to terms with your loss as well as working through all the practical changes
At times like these you need help from someone who understands your condition, has the time to listen and help address your concerns. Foresters Care can provide additional help – a friendly listening ear, practical information and much needed emotional support.
Personal Nurse Adviser
Your Personal Nurse Adviser will be available to you by telephone and will be able to provide information and support for as long as you need it. Where appropriate, they can also arrange a course of assessed therapy or counselling.
Second Medical Opinion
If you are worried about getting the right diagnosis or treatment, your Personal Nurse Adviser can arrange a second medical opinion with a UK based consultant specialist whose recommendations and advice about treatment are all available in the UK.
Post Hospital Service
If your treatment required a stay in hospital you might need support at home when you are discharged. The help at home service is there to provide assistance at home such as light housework or shopping.
The service is provided at no extra cost to all Foresters Friendly Society members.
The membership benefits we provide aren’t regulated and are regularly reviewed by us to ensure they are relevant to our members.
If you would like to speak to Foresters Care please call 0800 276 1023
Help at Home
We all experience times in our life where we need some extra support at home, but don’t know where to turn. Whether it be every day physical tasks such as washing and dressing, housework and cleaning or some assistance after a stay in hospital, Foresters Help at Home is here to provide you with help when you need it most.
Through Foresters Help at Home, your Personal Adviser will discuss everything with you during a needs based telephone assessment. The care that we will provide will be tailored to suit your needs. Examples of the type of care available include:
Personal care assistance:
- Washing, bathing, showering and cleaning teeth
- Support with getting up and going to bed
- Dressing, undressing and caring for clothes
- Preparing, and cleaning up after, meals and drinks
Domestic help assistance:
- General tidying and light household duties
- Changing bed linen
- Ironing and laundry
- Food shopping and prescription collection
There may be other assistance services and benefits in addition to the list above. The actual care you receive will depend on your specific needs and circumstances. Once we have confirmed that you are eligible for support of up to 24 hours, we will arrange for one of our accredited care providers to contact you. The care provider will undertake a full assessment of your needs. This is a legal requirement under the Care Quality Commission (CQC).*
If you would like to apply for assistance from Foresters Help at Home, please call 0800 276 1023 Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm
Foresters Care and Foresters Help at Home are provided by RedArc Assured Ltd, a personal nurse advice service. To find out more about the services provided by RedArc please visit their website.