We are not just a financial services organisation. Foresters Financial begins and ends with our Purpose, and that’s to enrich family and community well-being. Helping people is who we are, and it’s been so since the very beginning, since 1874.
So, whilst for many members and their families we are their trusted provider for financial solutions, we are also here to help those who help others. The real people, who work hard to make the world a better place. Those who make communities stronger and families tighter. The ones that know making a difference means making sacrifices. And they make them. And in turn we are here for our members, the only way we know how that’s by helping. It’s at the heart of all we do.
We’re driven to share not shareholder driven.
And that’s what makes us different, and you can be a part of it.
When you join Foresters you join our network of members over 1 million strong, who take advantage of our unique member benefits, and make their communities a better place.
In 2018 alone, Foresters invested more than £469 million in claims and member benefits including £1.38 million in competitive scholarships for students in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. We also provided over £2.88 million towards community initiatives such as Care Package, Community Beautification, Create & Construct, Meal Help, Volunteer Support, and Fun Family events where our members can spend quality time with their families at no cost.
In the UK in 2018 over 1,700 of our members took part in over 180 different community days, from cleaning local beaches to putting together presents for children.
In 2018 our members took part in cleaning 13 beaches and 10 garden areas, just some of the examples of how our members have helped their communities become a better place.
In September a group of members braved the rainy weather to clean the beach at Lytham, St Anne’s for ‘Keep Britain Tidy’s LOVEmyBEACH’ campaign.
Also, over 30kg of plastic straws, cans and bottle tops were cleaned from Shoebury East Beach and River Medway in Tonbridge in July.
Newport Foodbank - 30 members helped create 180 essential food parcels for people in poverty, plus a few extra Easter treats for children who would otherwise go without.
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice - 21 members painted ceramic cups and plates with designs created by children with life-limiting illnesses for their families to keep.
Metro Radio Cash for Kids - 18 members created 200 ‘back to school’ stationery kits for disadvantaged children in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, to prepare them for success in the classroom.
In 2018 members took part in over 90 care package days where they spent time preparing packs for the less fortunate. This included care packs for the homeless and Christmas presents for children.
Foresters work closely with Cash for Kids, especially with their #MissionChristmas campaign. Members in 14 different areas, including Head Office, helped pack hundreds of presents for children of all different ages, who would not have received Christmas presents.
Even care packs for rescued puppies and kittens, and food bank packs were made to help everyone in the community, including our furry friends.
Family days out
In 2018, 114 members from the Liverpool area enjoyed an exclusive tour of the living displays at Blue Planet Aquarium - learning about the conservation work relating to some of the world’s most fascinating and deadly sea creatures.
Over 100 members were able to ride, drive and operate real diggers, dumpers and other full size construction machinery at Diggerland.
Additionally, 154 members from Gloucester had a fun-filled day out to watch the new release film Fantastic Beasts 2 - Crimes of Grindelwald, where they were treated to popcorn and a drink.
A group of five members from Glasgow renovated a room at a local women’s shelter for teenagers to use. Volunteers painted the walls, assembled furniture kits and created canvas wall art to create a space for young people to relax in a safe, suitable environment.
A group of eight members from Warrington enhanced the outdoors play environment at a primary school in the city. The benefits for children include increased learning, creativity, health, wellbeing and social skills.
If you are a member of Foresters why not get involved and make a difference? Visit our grants page.