Money for women in need

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 Financial  help is available for women in need who are living alone.

Whilst this help is available for anyone aged over 18 it is useful to know about for someone older or elderly.

The Society for the assistance of ladies in reduced circumstances, SARLC,  was established in 1866 by Miss Edith Smallwood, pictured above, and was designed to help women living alone in the UK.

Could you live on £71.70 a week ? This is what the government say someone under state pension age can live on. With pension ages getting later and later more women may be affected.

Sarlc offers financial help to women over the age of 18, in the form of regular allowances provided they were born in the UK and live alone . This help is available to both tenants  and owner occupiers if they are in genuine need and is regardless of social status.

Many of the applicants for financial assistance would also be entitled to some state benefits and the Society does expect theses in full before applying. If a woman does’t know if she is entitled to benefits then Age UK or citizens advice can carry out a benefits check for her.

The Society does not get any financial support from the Government and their work providing money for women in need is funded by gifts and income from the investment of gifts from benefactors over more than a century.

For more information and details on how to apply please visit their website





Award-winning blogger and former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.


  1. Sam the link is mended. x

  2. I was very interested in the above funding for someone however the link does not work.
    Please can you provide one that does or has this finished. I think the work you are doing is fantastic and the resources here are great
    well done

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