Benevolent fund

We all need a little help now and then

We’ve all had ups and downs - but there are times when life can be particularly challenging.

Perhaps you have found yourself out of work for a long period, have health issues, or become a carer for someone close to you. Or perhaps life or work has just thrown up something unexpected and you would like to talk to someone with appropriate expertise about a legal or financial matter or a more personal worry.

The Benevolent fund was set up by EI members to help energy professionals and their dependents in need. The Fund is administered by the Benevolent fund Committee, and funded by donations from EI members, past and present.

Something bothering you? Call us on 0300 303 4331

We fund a 24 hour assistance service for all EI members and their dependants. Run for the Benevolent Fund by Care First in conjunction with Life and Progress, it’s free to use for current and past members and completely confidential.

You can call about any issue that’s bothering you - financial, legal, personal - or just to get a little advice from an expert.

0300 303 4331

Get information and advice online

If you would prefer not to call or just do some research yourself, the EI Benevolent Fund also offers 24 hour support via a special the website, and thousands of information pages, including webinars and live chat. The pages are run by Care First in partnership with Life and Progress, and new content is added all the time, including on topical issues.

Go to the Benevolent Fund website

Further support from the Benevolent Fund

The Benevolent Fund is sometimes able to provide small grants for members or their dependents if they are experiencing demonstrable hardship, where this will help to improve their well-being and quality of life.

We regret that the Fund is unable to provide emergency payments or ongoing financial support for living costs. It is also not able to help with relief of debt. However, the helpline can offer you practical advice and support any time, 24 hours a day, if you have a particular issue, or would simply like some financial advice to help you explore your options.

We are also not able to fund courses, but may be able to support those in education with exceptional costs to complete a course of study (ie a course that has already been begun by the applicant). Again, demonstrable hardship will be the main consideration.

Please be aware that in most cases we will ask you to provide details of your financial situation so that we can establish whether and how we are able to help you, but you can use our simple form to tell us about your situation and make an initial enquiry.

Want to see if we can help you? Please download the form below and send it to:

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More about the Benevolent Fund

The Benevolent fund was set up by EI members to help energy professionals and their dependents in need. The Fund is administered by the Benevolent Fund Committee, and funded by donations from EI members, past and present.

We are always looking for new volunteers to help us with our work. Interested? Please get in touch with us at:

The Benevolent fund in action

Over the years the fund has been able to help many past and present members and their dependants. Here are just a few:

Already in her eighties, Mrs C found herself lonely and isolated following the death of her husband, with a family scattered all around the world. The EI Benevolent fund were able to fund a laptop so that she could communicate with her loved ones – and arranged some training to help her use it!

Ms R was part way through an energy course and had not long given birth to their first child when her husband died suddenly. The EI Benevolent fund was able to help with some immediate costs to help her get back on her feet.

Mr. A suffers from dilated cardiomyopathy and had a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted. He already had a standard type of oxygen concentrator, but this was too heavy to be easily taken away from home, so the Fund paid for the purchase of a portable unit.

Mr. M was unemployed when he was over-whelmed by a heart condition. The Fund has helped with basic advice, together with the purchase of the replacement of essential domestic equipment and paid for a retraining course. He has since been able to return to work.

Mrs. A was widowed and obliged to work part-time to supplement her income at a time when most people are thinking of retirement. With the Fund’s help she was able to stay in her home and visit her daughter.

Support the Benevolent Fund

The Benevolent Fund depends on your donations. Every little bit helps with our work. You can make a donation below to help those in energy who find themselves in need, or call the EI membership team on 0207 467 7100.

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