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How Footwear Friends Can Help

Footwear Friends receives hundreds of requests for help on behalf of people connected to the shoe trade every year.

These are usually referred to us by local agencies with close knowledge of the special problems of the individuals concerned. Problems arising from long term assistance or disability receive special attention and equally the aged and families with young children.

We do accept applications from individuals but these must be verified by an independent witness. (See the application form for details).

Every application we receive will be considered at a meeting of the Executive Committee, whose members decide what help the Society can offer to the applicant. For an application to be considered it is necessary that you have been employed in the shoe trade, normally for a minimum of 5 years.

We may make cash grants to meet exceptional needs such as appliances, disability equipment or essential repairs. We may also offer on going support to those for whom state support is insufficient.

The financial support we offer includes:

  • 6-monthly grants
  • Mid-Year and Christmas grants
  • One off grants
  • Convalescent Holiday Grants

Apply for Assistance

You can download an application form for financial assistance from the website. You can also apply online.

You can view our privacy policy for applicants online.