The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals Charitable Trust was set up by members of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (“the Company”). It is a registered charity (1088658). Whilst a separate legal entity to the Company, there is a close working relationship, and each of the twelve Trustees must be a member of the Company. The Trustees, including the Master who is an ex officio member of the Board, meet regularly under the Chairmanship of Liveryman Claire Palmer, see Message from the Incoming Chair of Trustees February 2020.
The Charitable Trust also makes gifts to individuals, agencies or organisations, including other charitable organisations, linked to the provision of security or the protection of people and property. They may also make donations for other charitable purposes. This accords with the general nature of the Company’s Charitable Trust Deed and in the main enables the Company to support requests emanating from within the City of London.
The Trust also supports the Whittington Course, the Sheriffs’ Award as well as other prizes offered by the Company. Organisations currently supported include Friendship Works, Build Up Foundation, the London Air Ambulance, PTSD Resolution, and the Secure Futures initiative.
The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals Charitable Trust also administers The Security Benevolent Fund. This is a fund within the Charity which is there to assist members of the security profession who are distressed and in need of welfare support. Further details are available on the SBF page.
In 2021 the Charitable Trust launched the COVID-19 crisis fund to support front line security professionals who have been adversely affected by the pandemic. The Trust set up the fund with a donation and is extremely grateful for the support from industry including the Security Industry Authority. Further details below.
In response to the current pandemic, and the increased risks our frontline colleagues are exposed to, the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals’ Charitable Trust has set up a COVID-19 crisis fund to support security personnel and their families who have been adversely affected by the pandemic.
Any individual working within the security industry who has been hospitalised due to COVID-19, or the immediate dependents of an individual working in a frontline security role who has died from COVID-19, can apply for the fund.
In addition, private security companies whose frontline personnel have been impacted by COVID-19 can apply for the fund on behalf of their employee(s), although monies granted will be paid directly to the employee.
Yasmeen Stratton, Master of the Company, commented “Our frontline personnel continue to play a vital role protecting our businesses and people. The Crisis fund is a simple process that provides a swift response to security staff who have been adversely affected by Covid-19, and with a fund capability that will respond to the anticipated high number of grant applications. The Company and the Charitable Trust has always supported the most vulnerable people working in and retired from the Security Profession, and that work continues. I am delighted to see the launch of the Covid-19 fund as it offers almost immediate support to people in our industry where a small financial cushion can make a big difference.”
There are two types of grants available:
- £250 for applicants who have been hospitalised due to Covid-19.
- £500 for those who have died because of Covid-19.
These amounts will not be means tested and do not need to be for a specific purpose; it is expected that only those in need will apply for the grant.