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Financial support when you need it most.

We know that financial pressure can really affect our mental health. If you’re experiencing financial difficulties, worried about money because of a health condition (yours or a family member) or have an unexpected change in circumstances we may be able to help financially.

Or maybe you need support with extra training or university costs to help you move forward in your retail career? It could be as simple from helping you buy a laptop to easing larger financial barriers, such as helping you to afford tuition fees or rent, the financial aid we offer could make a big difference.

And remember, as with everything at the Retail Trust, financial aid is completely confidential and does not affect your credit rating.

Before you apply, you’ll need a bit of paperwork ready to upload, find out what you need here.

Getting ready to apply for financial aid 

Who can apply?  

 Help is available to those working in the retail industry or supporting services, including: 

  • Logistics 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Warehousing 
  • Wholesale 
  • Supply chain 
  • Food distribution 
  • Pharmaceuticals 
  • Medical supplies.  

 Financial aid is also available to students looking to pursue a career in retail.  

All applications will be assessed on an individual basis. Please note financial aid applications will not be considered for individuals with over £6,000 in savings.  

 

What can we help with? 

  • Support with financial needs relating to the impact of COVID-19.
  • If you’re at risk of becoming homeless or unable to provide the basic essentials for your family. 
  • If you need financial help to leave an abusive relationship. 
  • If you’re struggling to pay priority household bills, such as arrears in council tax, rent, mortgage or utilities. Or need to replace essential whitegoods such as a cooker or refrigerator.  
  • Essential home improvements, adaptations or essential items for babies or children such as a cot or other necessities.  
  • If you (or a family member) are suffering a period of ill-health. 
  • Medical appliances not covered under the NHS.  
  • Home repairs, adaptations and improvements to help make life easier for people living with a disability or long-term health condition.  
  • Travel cost to visit your sick child or other dependant in hospital. 
  • Respite breaks for carers.  
  • If you need help with education, either support with training needs or university costs to advance your retail career.  
 

What will you need to apply? 

  • Details about your household monthly income. 
  • Details about your qualifying retail employment, including names and dates of employment.  
  • Reason for your application and what you need financial assistance for. 
  • An official bank statement dated within the last 60 days. 
  • If you’re applying for COVID-19 reasons, you will need an official COVID-19 document from your employer that says you have been asked to self-isolate or that you are a non-essential worker who is unable to complete their work at home.  

 

I’m ready to take the next step…

Getting ready to apply for financial aid