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Grateful words from North East members

"It was a pleasure to meet an officer from the NASUWT Benevolence Fund, who looked at my situation with sensitivity and kindness. She has worked diligently to support my case and provide me with much needed help and advice when I was at my most vulnerable."


"The benevolence fund provided me with financial support when I needed it the most.  The NASUWT Benevolence Officer that visited me at my home was very supportive.  She took time to gain an understanding of my situation and completed all the necessary paperwork to submit a claim on my behalf."


"My caseworker put me in touch with NASUWT Benevolence Fund. A very sympathetic and kind lady arrived at my home called Nancy Wakeham from the Benevolence Team. Nancy was very professional and knowledgeable. She filled in the assistance form for me due to my emotional state. I received a substantial convalescent grant and further financial support after that, from Nicola Rogers the Senior Administrative Assistance who was always very respectful, professional and sympathetic.

The NASUWT covered the cost of my sons funeral. I found this quite unbelievable as I was not aware that they did this until my caseworker told me the NASUWT might be able to help. I am extremely grateful for all the assistance that they have given me and Nancy made it incredibly easy by asking me questions and then filling in the answers for me. I cannot praise the NASUWT enough and Nancy - Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. You were a life line."


“I waited until I was at my lowest point before I sought help from my union. I was really worried about getting in touch with the NASUWT but from the moment I did I was fully supported without judgement and wish I had rang and asked for help earlier”


“The NASUWT have supported me with a cheque for several hundreds of pounds to see me through a very difficult time and since getting in touch with the NASUWT, my life has changed from being on the edge of giving up a 16 year teaching career to feeling excited about the next chapter in my teaching career”

Please telephone the NASUWT Regional Centre on 0191 5195300


NASUWT Benevolent Fund:
Sometimes, members experience financial hardship through no fault of their own and as a result of unforeseen circumstances.
These situations can arise because of chronic illness, bereavement, an accident or loss of employment through dismissal or redundancy.
The NASUWT Benevolent Fund may be able to help, confidentially, in such circumstances.

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Educational Support Partnership (formerly Teacher Support Network)is an independent charity dedicated to the wellbeing of teachers, working with the NASUWT to help support you and your colleagues. As a source of counselling and information they support about 17,000 teachers and lecturers a year.

Confidential phone 08000 562 561 They provides the following FREE services:

  • Confidential, solution focussed counselling on personal and professional issues.
  • Guidance on a diverse range of issues including stress management, workplace bullying and work/life balance.
  • Information, resources (including over 1,400 factsheets) and referrals to other organisations
  • Money advice – providing individually tailored strategies to cope with financial strain.