Support There for You

There for You relies on the help and support of volunteers like you to give vital assistance to people in need.

You can support There for You and help provide:

  • debt advice
  • listening and support
  • financial assistance
  • breaks and holidays
  • personal advice
  • foodbank referrals

About There for You

When members come to There for You – particularly those with financial problems – simple solutions are rare. We can provide financial grants to relieve the pressure while long-term answers are found.

All There for You grants and activities are paid for by donations from UNISON members and UNISON itself.

Bucket and spade appeal

Our welfare breaks are paid for by money raised through the bucket and spade appeal. You can help by donating money, organising fundraising activities at your branch or helping raise the profile of the appeal where you work.

UNISON lottery: supporting There for You

Join the UNISON lottery for as little as £1 a month and you could win cash prizes of up to £1,000.

At least 50% of the proceeds from each draw goes towards prize money, and every entry includes a donation to There for You. UNISON members and branches can play.

Become a branch welfare officer

You can support There for You without spending money. The charity is run by a dedicated central team while local activity is coordinated by branch welfare officers.

Branch welfare officers help members apply to the charity and act as the contact person for central There for You staff. Branch welfare officers also have a role in promoting the service to members and keeping other officers and stewards informed of developments.

UNISON branch welfare officer training has two stages: a short introductory online module followed by a two day face-to-face course . UNISON organises national courses in London, Bristol, and the North, and some regions provide training for branch welfare officers.

The training helps branch welfare officers to understand: their role and the confidentiality it involves; the ‘There for You’ UNISON welfare charity structure and staff responsibilities; and the application process and areas where welfare can assist members.


You can also volunteer to help at fundraising events and take part in promoting the charity to UNISON members.

If you want to find out more about volunteering please email or call 020 7121 5620.

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