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Keeping your brain active

We're committed to improving the wellbeing of the engineering community worldwide and that includes supporting you to continue to learn throughout your life and keeping your brain active.

Supporting your learning

We provide specialist equipment to enable people to study. We also provide grants so that you can get to a club or activity that helps you maintain your curiosity in life. And if you or a family member has a learning difference, we have advice and tips to help.

Legal support 

We offer legal support to people who are trying to understand their rights in accessing specialist education. Legal support could also help those who need some advice on protecting their ideas.

Eligibility

If you or your partner have ever been an engineer and have less than £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 there may be other ways in which we can support you, get in touch with us for a  chat about how we can help make your situation easier.

Support information available to you

Disability and care grants

  • Equipment to support people with learning differences
  • Support to access hobbies and interests
  • Respite grants for carers
Visit disability and care grants

Legal support

  • Intellectual property
  • Education rights
  • Discrimination
Visit legal support

Financial support

  • Support for students balancing study/work/caring
  • Support for young carers
  • Funding regular and one-off expenses
Visit financial support

Your stories

louise coronavirus pandemic story
“When I received the email saying we would receive a £1000 grant, I couldn’t believe what I was reading – I cried with relief. This help means the world to us. We can get back on an even keel now. I would say to anyone who is struggling don’t hesitate to get in touch with Foothold — they were brilliant.” Louise View story
Foothold community member Glynn O'Malley, author of Caring for Mum - my dementia story

Caring for Mum – my dementia story

Engineer Glynn O’Malley shares his story of caring for his Mum living with dementia, and how he coped with the emotional impact this had on his life.

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Sleep and wellbeing blog by Dr Neil Stanley

Sleep and wellbeing

Sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley gives you some simple, practical starter tips to help you improve your sleep.

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Jen Clapperton, author of What to do if your rented accommodation does not meet your health or care needs

What to do if your rented accommodation does not meet your health or care needs

Find out what you can do if you feel your rented accommodation is putting your health at risk, in this expert blog by Shelter.

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