Member benefits that
mean so much
From discretionary grants providing financial help, to practical and emotional support through Foresters Care and Help at Home. Your Foresters Extras are here for you, every day.
Free membership with all our products
Take out any of our financial products and you’ll automatically become a member with access to Foresters Extras, our member benefits package.
“Thanks to the Educational Award from Foresters Friendly Society I was able to buy some of the core texts for my course. Additional support received from my local Foresters branch, who matched the amount given from the Educational Award Fund, meant that I was also able to purchase a laptop, which will really help with my studies.”
In 2019 we awarded grants worth £338,304
The cost of everyday healthcare can add up. You may need some work done at the dentist, or need an eye test and some new glasses. Our discretionary healthcare grants can help you cover the cost of every day dental and optical care.
Financial support for you
In 2019 we awarded grants worth £26,432
Sometimes life can try and trip us up. That’s where the Foresters Support fund can help. Discretionary grants are available to assist our adult members (over 18) in those times of hardship to assist with difficult times. For example, we’ve been able to help members affected by floods and members facing illness.
In 2019 we awarded grants worth £72,985
If you have children or grandchildren or are upskilling yourself, then you know how much higher education can cost. Our discretionary Educational Awards can 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.
In 2019 we awarded grants worth £62,410
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 you for an additional charge. We also provide grants for stays in convalescent homes in other locations closer to you. For further information please call 0800 101 8310.
Financial support for children
In 2019 we awarded grants worth £52,000
As part of our benevolent approach, the Foresters Child Support fund was set up to commemorate members who died during the First World War. Today the Fund’s purpose is to provide financial assistance for children (up to and including the age of 18) who need it.
Circumstances that would be considered for a grant include:
- Children who are bereft of one or both parents
- Children who have parents that are incapacitated
- Children who are themselves 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 988 2418.
Downloadable claim forms and information on how to make a claim can also be found here.
“My wife and I visited the convalescent home in Bridlington to allow us to have a break from the stress of life at home whilst I recovered from a muscular injury.
The break was instrumental in aiding recovery and rest, as it allowed us to get away from pressures at home and spend some relaxing time in a great location with other Foresters members who were also convalescing.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the convalescent home grant to any member who needs some time to themselves to recuperate, you’re guaranteed to receive a warm welcome and great food, but most importantly, you are able to rest and relax amongst friends.”
In 2019 we awarded grants worth £40,005
Working alongside the vastly experienced RedArc, Foresters Care has supported thousands of people through serious and long-term physical and mental illnesses, trauma, eldercare and bereavement, across all life stages. Assigning a Personal Nurse Adviser to each case, all of whom are highly experienced qualified nurses, this enables Foresters Care to provide tailored help by telephone according to our member’s requirements. The same nurse provides long-term support giving important continuity. Your Personal Nurse Adviser can provide long-term advice and emotional support, can help you make the most of services offered by the NHS, specialist charities and social services. They can also arrange a second medical opinion so you can get the right diagnosis and treatment, and guide you through any post hospital care.
If you are a member and would like to speak to Foresters Care please call 0800 276 1023, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Help at home
In 2019 we awarded grants worth £13,434
Being medically well enough to leave hospital is not the same as being better. Extra support after hospital treatment is often necessary and rarely offered. Most of us would need extra support at times like these.
Specialist support from those trained to look after people when they are discharged from hospital is available to our members through Foresters Help at Home.
Foresters Help at Home is there to assist with every day physical tasks, such as washing, dressing, preparing meals, cleaning, food shopping and prescription collection. All members are eligible to claim support up to the value of £720, or 24 hours’ support, in a two-year period.
If you are a member and 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.
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Take out one of our financial products
You might want to put something away for your children. Or save up for your future. Every one of our products includes free membership with access to a range of benefits.
£25 per year
Don’t need a financial product? Don’t worry. You’ll also be welcomed as a member by taking out an annual subscription. For only £25 every year you can enjoy all the benefits of Foresters Extras, including financial support, practical help, as well as social and community events.
The membership benefits we provide aren’t regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulatory Authority, and are regularly reviewed by us to ensure they are relevant to our members.