Turn2us (Formerly known as the Distressed Gentlefolk's Aid Association)

Registered Charity Number: 207812, SCO40987

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             Turn2us exists to help the 13 million people Ė including 3.6 million children -

                                                     living in poverty in the UK today.

We believe this is totally unacceptable when over £19 billion in welfare benefits and tax credits are unclaimed annually and charitable funds of £366 million available to people in need are un-awarded.

Turn2us helps people in financial need access welfare benefits, grants and support services - online, by phone and face to face through partner organisations. Last year we had nearly 4 million visits to our website and handled 94,000 calls. We also give direct financial support through the Elizabeth Finn Fund to people from over 120 eligible professions. Last year we provided aid totalling £3.1 million, benefitting 4813 people.


Helen rebuilds her independence

Helen from West Yorkshire had to give up her career as a child protection social worker due to Fibromyalgia, a condition which causes constant pain and difficulty walking and leaves her feeling tired much of the time. Having lost her income, winters were really difficult:

 ďI was cold, scared and angry. Scared because I was on a really tight budget. My condition makes it harder to stay warm and the cold makes it more painful but I just wouldnít turn the heating up. I didnít dare.

 Finally, somehow, I found the Turn2us website and applied to the Elizabeth Finn Fund. The grant support I received really changed my life.  It gave me a safety net that has allowed me greater choice about my life and, more than anything, a huge sense of relief. If I want to turn the heating up, I can!

 I still have to limit what I buy in terms of food, and I often work in bed, but Iíve learnt to become a master at living within my means.

Though funds are still very tight, the Elizabeth Finn Fundís support meant I could save up to continue my passion for photography, which makes my life a million times better! I photograph the local rugby team every week and the pictures go into my local paper. Despite my illness, I feel Iíve got purpose again - I can be a citizen journalist.Ē


A little help when it's needed can make a huge difference. With your help, we can make a real difference to people's lives, enabling families and individuals to escape poverty and build an independent and brighter future. 

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Turn2us (Formerly known as the Distressed Gentlefolk's Aid Association) Hythe House
200 Shepherds Bush Road

W6 7NL

Phone: 020 8834 9200



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Financial Information from CharityFinancials

March 2015 March 2014
Total Income £28,846,000 £26,611,000
Total Expenditure £31,214,000 £30,473,000

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