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Keeping well and coping with ill health

Everyone has a right to feel in control of their lives - no matter what happens. At Foothold, we can help you get some control back as you adapt to ill health or disability

Keeping well

Keeping well and coping with ill health isn't easy. We recognise that being well means different things to each of us. So, we’ve pulled together information to help you and your family pursue a healthier lifestyle. We've got tips on getting a better night's sleep and advice on improving your physical wellness. We also have advice and guides to help you take control of your situation in our library.

Coping with ill health

It's easy to alone and overwhelmed when we're coping with ill health - but we've got your back. We have grants available to help you, and those who depend on you, adapt to changes. Whether those changes have been caused by illness, accident or disability - we can help make life a bit easier. We can help fund equipment or house adaptations which can help you regain elements of control. We can also help you return to work or pursue your leisure interests.

Caring for the carer

As a carer, we offer funding to provide respite for the person you care for either through attending activities, in a care facility or someone to replace you for a period of time to give you a break. 

Eligibility

If you or your partner have ever been an engineer and have less then £50,000 in savings we can help with care and disability grants.

And if you or your partner has ever been an IET member with less than £16,000 in savings we can help you return to work.

There's a lot more support we can offer - get in touch with us for a chat about how we can help make your situation easier.

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Support information available to you

Disability grants

  • Equipment or mobility aids
  • Home adaptions
  • NHS delays reducing your quality of life
Visit disability grants

Work life

  • Support to get back to work after illness
  • Find a local branch network
  • Living with autism
Visit work life

Care grants

  • Support for hospital travel costs
  • Counselling grants
  • Respite breaks
Visit care grants

Your stories

Alan overcoming illness
The financial support has alleviated so many problems for us. I can’t express how much it helped - it’s enabled us to live a life. Alan Monelle View story
Michael Hargreaves, author of How Foothold’s new Engineering Neurodiverse Futures programme can support you to achieve your career goals

How our Engineering Neurodiverse Futures programme can support students and apprentices to achieve their career goals

In this blog, we explore how we can support engineering students and apprentices through our Engineering Neurodiverse Futures programme.

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Laura Norton of the IET, author of: My story of improving neurodiversity awareness in engineering

My story of improving neurodiversity awareness in engineering

Laura Norton of the IET joins us to discuss why our Engineering Neurodiverse Futures programme is vital for the whole engineering community.

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My journey as a neurodivergent engineer

Our Trustee Wolf shares his experience of being a neurodiverse engineer with dyslexia, as well as his advice for neurodiverse students.

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