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.

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.

Octopus prize draw

Octopus is There for You’s monthly prize draw. As well as raising money for the charity, the Octopus draw helps to raise awareness about our work.

At least 50% of the proceeds from each month’s ticket sales go towards prizes and 40% is put into There for You funds to help members in need. The remaining 10% is used to pay administration costs.

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.

Find out about branch welfare officer training.


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.

Not already a member of UNISON? Find out more about joining UNISON.