The Rainy Day Trust has been around helping people since 1843. We provide financial and other support to people who have worked for 1 year in DIY, builders’ merchants, hardware, housewares, garden centres, as well as people whom have worked in the glass and pottery industries and are struggling on low incomes and have savings under £10,000.
We can offer regular cash assistance of up to £100 a month, paid straight into your bank account, or buy essential items like beds, cookers or pay towards house repairs and training. We also offer a free one-hour legal consultation, housing advice, debt advice, a free welfare benefits check, 5 free telephone-based counselling sessions, e-learning packages, apprenticeship support and a fuel poverty pack to heat homes over the winter.
Anywhere in the United Kingdom.
Our income splits into three roughly equal parts – income from investments, donations and income from events.
Yes. We have a partnership package where companies can donate £1,000 a year to us, and in return we arrange for various pieces of recognition for them. We are developing a new partner support package that will give them a dedicated telephone line for staff and ex-staff to call. Some companies hold fundraising events during the year on our behalf. Others donate stock that we can use as prizes.
A lot hear about us from friends who are already getting help, others are referred to us by Citizens Advice or other local charities. We are embarking on a major awareness raising campaign to get our name out there so that we can help more people.
About 2/3rds of our requests come in by telephone to our call centre in Wales, the rest are a mix of letters and e-mails.
There’s no standard monetary amount to answer this question as we carry out a calculation comparing income and expenditure. Roughly though it is anyone on means tested state benefits or just the state pension/small occupational pension, or those whose household income is below about £20,000 a year. Because we take all sorts of things into consideration, there isn’t a ‘line in the sand’. We always aim to be as helpful and flexible as possible.
No. We help people of all ages, including apprentices.
Yes. We work closely with other benevolent charities to maximise the help that an applicant can receive and we also sign-post people on who want help that we aren’t able to offer.
Absolutely. The bad press that some of the bigger charities have received is impacting on the whole sector. The whole fundraising piece of work is getting harder each year. We don’t use street collectors, nor do we cold-call people to ask for money. If you donate to us, we will never pass your details on to anyone else.
You can do four things:
1. You can raise awareness locally to let people know that we exist and are there to help them.
2. You could also volunteer for us as a home visitor and visit applicants in their own home to see what their needs are.
3. Finally, you could support us every time you buy things on-line by registering with www.easyfundraising.org.uk . By buying your goods from the usual retailers but routing through this website, we get a small donation for every amount spent.
4. You can raise money locally or at work through our sponsorship pack. That might be a sponsored cycle ride, or something as simple as a cake sale. It all helps.
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