Guide To Grants For Individuals In Need 2004-5

    Alan French et al, Directory of Social Change

    ISBN 1903991528, Price £29.95


    The Grut Charitable Trust, Vachers Endowment, The Eleemosynary
    Charity, The Sway Welfare Aid Trust, The Baron Davenport Emergency
    Fund, The Moonzie Parish Trust, The Llandewi Brefi Fund for
    Isolated Gays.

    All right, I made the last one up but there is undoubtedly
    something gloriously Little Britain-ish about the latest edition of
    this marvellous guide, writes Gary Vaux.

    It contains contact details and eligibility criteria for more than
    2,400 sources of financial help for individuals. These range from
    the big national charities such as RNIB and Family Welfare
    Association to charities and trusts that serve small local areas or
    specific occupations or situations. For example, the Charity of
    Susanna Cole and Others will only help Quakers in need who live in
    parts of Worcestershire and most of Warwickshire. Vital information
    if you ever come across a distressed Quaker there.

    Reading through the list, you are left wondering about the
    background to certain charities – the Ely District Nursing Trust
    helps people in need who are sick and live in Ely but not the
    hamlet of Prickwillow – what did the inhabitants of Prickwillow do
    to be singled out in such a way? The Hertfordshire Charity for
    Deprived Children can’t help people living in Watford – did the
    original trustees have a bad experience on the Watford

    The guide is well laid out and you can search it by area,
    occupation, illness or religion. For social workers who have
    exhausted official sources of help, this is a useful tool.

    Gary Vaux is head of money advice, Hertfordshire

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