Member benefits that
mean so much

From discretionary grants providing financial help, to practical and emotional support through Foresters Care. 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.

Marzena, East Hampshire

“After being made redundant back in August 2021, my son needed urgent treatment for a root canal under sedation. The pressures of the pandemic meant that NHS dental practices had a two year waiting list, so we had no choice but to go private. I am actively looking for employment, but the cost of the treatment would have been an extreme burden on my finances, so receiving the generous grant from Foresters was a huge relief. The money has gone a long way towards paying off the cost of the treatment and I would encourage everyone to use the help available from Foresters.”


Healthcare grants

In 2023 we awarded grants worth £541,931

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 towards the cost of every day dental and optical care.


Financial support for you

In 2023 we awarded grants worth £94,859

Sometimes life can try and trip us up. That’s where the Foresters Support fund can help. Discretionary grants are available to assist members of any age in times of hardship to assist with difficult times. For example, we’ve been able to help members affected by floods and members facing illness. We have also been able to support members who have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.


Educational awards

In 2023 we awarded grants worth £91,245

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 £300 a year could be awarded, which will help towards the cost of books, travel expenses or other items.


Convalescent grants

In 2023 we awarded grants worth £67,076

Our discretionary Convalescent grants assist members recuperating after short or long illnesses by providing a stay in a convalescent home. 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 may be eligible for support with costs towards a stay 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 2023 we awarded grants worth £103,500

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 19).

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.


Help at Home grants

In 2023 we awarded grants worth £15,665

If you need help at home, covering the costs can be prohibitive. To support members, discretionary grants are available to contribute towards the cost of Help at Home domiciliary care. Members can reclaim up to £720 in any two-year period, to go towards Help at Home costs. Alternatively, members can apply for a combination of one week Help at Home financial support and one week convalescence via our Convalescent grant, making this benefit flexible to your needs.


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.


Foresters Care

In 2023 we awarded grants worth £42,645

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 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 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

Foresters Care is provided by RedArc Assured Ltd, a personal nurse advice service.

June, Derby

“The Foresters Support Fund grant has helped to purchase a mobility scooter, which has given me flexibility to enjoy outdoor activities with my husband. It was great to be able to revisit our old walking trials, which we both enjoyed (e.g. Monsal Trail).”

There are two ways to become a

Foresters member

FREE membership included

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

Membership subscription

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 Regulation Authority, and are regularly reviewed by us to ensure they are relevant to our members. Qualifying periods apply.