From debt advice to charity grants and scholarships, BASW supports a range of financial services that offer support to social workers.

Debt advice

Are you struggling to keep up with repayments to creditors? BASW is working with national debt charity StepChange to provide members with free, non-judgement and confidential advice on dealing with debts.

Their online debt advice service is available 24 hours a day, or call helpline on 0800 138 1111 (Monday to Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday 8am to 4pm). They will help you understand if there’s a debt solution for you.

Charity grants and scholarships

The Social Workers’ Benevolent Trust and The Social Workers’ Educational Trust offer grants and scholarships to social workers. These registered charities were established by BASW in the early 1970s and now operate independently.

The Social Workers’ Benevolent Trust

The Social Workers’ Benevolent Trust gives financial help to social workers in need. Every year, grants totalling up to £45,000 are distributed to social work professionals who are experiencing difficulties due to sickness, bereavement, family problems, frailty or sudden catastrophe.

Visit the Social Workers’ Benevolent Trust website for more information about how to apply and donate.

The Social Workers’ Educational Trust

The Social Workers’ Educational Trust aims to assist qualified social workers to develop their knowledge and skills, encourage research into social work practice and education, and educate the public in the nature of social work.

The Trust awards grants of up to £500 to social workers who have been qualified and practicing for at least two years to fund training and research. It also awards three scholarships of £3,000 each year.

Visit the The Social Workers’ Educational Trust website for more information about how to apply.