The Chemists’ Community Fund is the benevolent fund for the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). To access the benefits and services the fund offers you must hold RSC membership.
If current events are having a negative financial impact on you, your partner or dependents, such as higher energy bills, or the rising cost of living, please speak to the Chemists’ Community Fund, as we may be able to offer financial support to you and your family.
The Fund offers a completely confidential service. Please get in touch by using our online form or by phoning 0800 084 3451 (UK Freephone) or +44 1223 853549 (International).
Making a difference to the lives of members and their families
Members should feel able to approach the Fund at any point in their career, at any point during their membership. Whatever your concern, big or small … contact the Chemists’ Community Fund.
Meet the team
Chemists’ Community Fund Manager
The Chemists’ Community Fund assists RSC members in many different ways, this includes partners, dependants, and past members.
“I joined the RSC in 2018 after working for the Royal National Institute of Blind People for many years, developing and managing a variety of projects and services for people with sight loss.
My current role is to ensure that we provide relevant and timely support for RSC members and their families at what can be often difficult and challenging times in their lives. This is achieved through the hard work of Fund staff and our dedicated volunteers. I link with other occupational benevolent funds to share ideas, and benchmark our processes and grants with others in the sector.
Outside work I am a novice chocolate maker, with the team always happy to try my test batches. I am also a keen but not always successful gardener.”
The Fund is about supporting people through challenging times, whether that be some legal support, careers advice [or] bereavement support.
"Before I joined the Chemists’ Community Fund team in 2013, I worked as a branch manager in the healthcare sector for many years, supporting people who needed end of life nursing and care services.
My role with the Fund is to offer a friendly ear, emotional support and helpful information – all in confidence. When our members or their families need financial support, I liaise with them while they prepare the applications that go to our grants committee for consideration. This has given me a real insight into how the Fund makes a meaningful difference to people’s lives, which makes my job so enjoyable.
My spare time is filled with rescued animals and eating, along with catching up on things I’ve had to postpone due to lack of time!"
We know that everyone’s circumstances are different. We can work with you to tailor our support so that it fits your exact needs.
“I initially joined the Chemists’ Community Fund as maternity cover in January 2019 and since October 2019 have been kept on as a caseworker.
My role is to help RSC members apply for support and find appropriate support services. I also help coordinate the schedule of wellbeing and retirement planning workshops. Before I joined the Chemists’ Community Fund I worked as a secondary school Senior Science Technician where I organised many extracurricular activities for disadvantaged students. After this I worked within the NHS where I learnt I wanted to work in a role where I could help others.
In my spare time I like trying new arts or crafts, and as a self-confessed foodie I love finding new places to eat!”
We offer those, who perhaps don’t know how to approach their problems, solutions to difficult situations.
"After working and volunteering for my local Citizens Advice Bureau, particularly with people struggling to cope with debt, I joined the RSC. Here, I support the day-to-day activities of the Chemists’ Community Fund, helping to point our members toward the right sources of help and process applications for financial support from those who have hit hard times. I also work with our nationwide network of volunteers, linking members who need a bit of support with our volunteers. I understand how difficult it can be to reach out for help when you’re feeling particularly low and vulnerable and that taking that first step can be the hardest.
With a serious sweet tooth, and a considerable lack of willpower, I am always the first to sniff out any treats in the office. When not at work, I enjoy running and have a particular obsession with all things netball."
The Fund is there to support the members in need. If you are struggling or going through a challenging phase, we may be able to help you directly or by signposting the right source of help.
"I joined the RSC in September 2019 after working in the Admissions department of a private education provider for international students where I dealt with students, agencies and partner universities.
At the RSC I firstly worked in the Membership department – dealing with membership-related enquiries, applications and renewals and recently I joined the Chemists’ Community Fund. Here my current role is to help the team with various admin tasks, including processing payments for all the members who receive our financial support.
In my free time, I enjoy travelling and playing sports. Sport does take a big amount of my spare time as I also coordinate a group of amateur volleyball players who meet and play regularly – all for the joy of playing."
We are here to offer support and guidance to our members and their families – no concern is too small
I started working for the Chemists’ Community Funds Team in February 2021. Prior to this, my career had been from a legal background. I completed an undergraduate degree in Law and went on to complete the Legal Practice Course. More recently I had been working as a Legal Executive in a firm in Cambridge for several years. My practice areas were within the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence department. I had experience with dealing with a variety of cases from injury at work matters to public liability claims.
My background gave me an insight into complexities of day to day case work but also brought to focus that my passion is for delivering excellent one to one care for my clients and instrumenting change on an individual level. I have been able to apply my skills in a new area where it can be impactful. In my current role, I act as a point of contact for our members and able to guide them through the support the Chemists’ Community Fund can offer. I am proud to be part of a team which not only helps to support our members through their own challenging circumstances but a team that is constantly involving and has dealt with the most remarkable period in all our recent histories and has been able to meet and respond to our member’s needs.
Outside work, I love travelling. Coming from a West African background and having lived in Kenya, I am constantly looking for new places to explore. In the last year, I have been lucky to explore places closer to home with my faithful dog, Ozzie on our walks. I love to unwind with family and friends, find my centre on a yoga mat and tend to my garden.
Volunteers: our worldwide support network
Our network of volunteers underpin everything the Chemists’ Community Fund does. Drawn from the Royal Society of Chemistry’s strong scientific community, Volunteers do a huge amount to help members and their families across the country, including:
- helping you with Chemists’ Community Fund grant applications
- finding Royal Society of Chemistry member networks for you to join
- telling you about local section events where you live
- sharing updates about your field of the chemical sciences
- providing friendly, impartial support
Request a volunteer visit
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We’re here to find the right support for you and your family members, however big or small the situation you are facing might be. You don’t have to manage it on your own.
Enquiries are confidential and always dealt with by one of the people on this page.
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Our support is as unique as your situation.