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Last updated June 2019

Member News

News relating to the activities and work of our ACO charity members. Please contact us if you would like to add news about your organisation here.


  • GroceryAid - Helpline staff and GroceyAid logo
    GroceryAid Back to work support

    With turbulent conditions in the grocery industry, many have found themselves suddenly unemployed, facing redundancy or seeing their job role changed. GroceryAid works in partnership with Renovo to offer job search support to those in need within the industry.

  • 55 Colmore Road, Birmingham - Outside facade of the modernised Georgian bulding
    LionHeart moving to Birmingham

    LionHeart is moving its offices to central Birmingham after a decision to relocate along with the RICS Midlands operation.

  • Cancer patient - woman in wheelchair accompanied by nursing staff
    Cancer patients under pressure to stay positive

    Macmillan Cancer Support says ' Fighting talk' can leave cancer patients unable to talk about death and dying, and that many cancer patients were not having vital conversations about end-of-life preferences until it was too late

  • Scientific Study - Man in full scrubs examining specimen under microscope
    £1m grant breakthrough for prostate cancer

    In 2004, the Masonic Charitable Foundation pledged a grant of £1 million to the Institute of Cancer Research. Over the next ten years, this grant would fund pioneering research into prostate cancer. Many years later they are pleased to announce that this research has yielded some very exciting results - identifying 80 molecular weaknesses in prostate cancer that could be targeted by drugs.

  • Officers' Association - Our Impact 2016/17 Report - cover graphics
    OA reaches over 1000 beneficiaries

    For nearly 100 years the Officers' Association has assisted former officers and their families to help them in challenging personal situations. Last year, the Benevolence team dealt with 1,107 cases, providing welfare advice, signposting to other organisations and accessing financial support.

  • Civil War re-enactment - Enthusasts attending re-enactment of English civil war battle for Southam in 1642
    Guest brings cannonballs to civil war talk

    The Battle of Southam on 23rd August 1642 was the first major skirmish of the English Civil War. Linda Doyle, an expert on the battle, gave a talk, raising funds for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).

  • Smallwood Trust - The Smallwood Trust logo and an image of a smiling mother with her young child
    Smallwood Trust Impact Summary 2017

    Smallwood Trust help women to overcome financial difficulties and improve their social and emotional well-being. In 2016 they developed a new strategic plan to provide targeted financial support, work with expert partners, and to fight economic injustice as it relates to gender. Their new report reveals the result of their first year of operating the plan.

  • Befriending - Two women holding hands, with cup of coffee
    FOTE receives £500,000 in support

    The ACT Foundation has selected Friends of the Elderly to receive a £500,000 donation towards its grants service, which supports older people who are living in financial difficulty.

  • Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 - Graphics from the 2018 campaign
    Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

    ACO members were busy promoting the support services they offer beneficiaries during Mental Health Awareness Week in May. Here are some of the stories from people they helped.