How to apply to the Member's Benevolent Trust for assistance

If you are a current or past member of IOM3 (or its predecessors) or a past member of IOM3 staff, you are eligible to apply for financial assistance from the Trust. Please see below for examples of the type of help that MBT can give. This can be on a one-off or an ongoing basis, for specific items in times of need or hardship or for financial help.

Confidential requests for assistance are preferred in writing addressed to:

The Honorary Secretary
The Member’s Benevolent Trust
297 Euston Road

London
NW1 3AD

In an emergency or with an informal enquiry:
Telephone +44 (0)7889 123373 or email mbt@iom3.org

Applicants will be sent a standard application form. Once completed and returned a file number will be allocated to ensure complete anonymity so that no information can be transferred to the Member’s file at IOM3.

There is then a preliminary review of the returned form. This is usually followed by a visit to the applicant by one of our established regional visitors or a Trustee to talk through the application. This is an opportunity to clarify any details and to assess the type of assistance best suited to the needs of the applicant. Following the visit, the Board of the MBT assesses each application thoroughly and makes its decision.

TYPES OF HELP

Grants may be made to assist with medical aids and adaptations, respite breaks, general household needs, furniture, security installations, clothing, school uniforms, school travel grants, and other one-off exceptional items which may be required as a result of hardship or need. All grants are discretionary and are awarded in good faith on the evidence submitted. The Trustees' decision is final and grants are not negotiable.

UNEMPLOYED OR REDUNDANT

The MBT is particularly anxious to help unemployed and redundant members in the following ways: assistance towards subscriptions, travel costs for job interviews; relocation costs; and towards appropriate short course fees (where this will widen scope for re-employment).

OTHER SOURCES OF HELP AND ADVICE

UK applicants are recommended to check with their local social Security office for their entitlement to benefits and their local authority for their eligibility for rent and council tax rebates etc. Also, the MBT expects applicants, where appropriate, to consult relevant bodies with greater resources, such as in the UK the Citizens Advice Bureau or Age UK or other charities specific to their industry and background, see Links to Relevant Organisations.