Helping people live happy lives

True friendships are priceless. They provide us with memories that we cherish for a lifetime, they help us to grow and become better people, and help us make a better society, built on better values.

We know that the true worth of friendships aren’t realised in how they fare when the sailing is smooth. It’s in how they help us weather through life’s storms too.

That’s what we do. For over 200 years the Oddfellows has helped its members forge friendships and offered help in times of need.

Today we have a national network of 124 Branches and 310,000 UK members, of which 49,000 receive the support of our compelling range of social, care and financial benefits. So whether they’re going through one of life’s ups, or downs, we can be there for them and each other.

We’ve no political or religious affiliations – we’re here for everyone – from all walks of life and ages.

We’re also very proud to be a non-profit mutual that believes in a community bonded by friendship, care and charitable support. We know that by bringing people together, we can achieve so much more than we could alone.

If you feel the same, join us. Be part of a friendlier society.

*Figures correct as of 01/01/19.

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Take our historical tour

History

The Oddfellows. So where did it all begin? Enjoy a snapshot view of our Society and the Oddfellows' history.

   

We're a committed member of Age Action Alliance, contributing where we can to create communities where older people feel secure, valued and able to contribute to society. 


Campaign to End Loneliness Logo

We fully support Campaign to End Loneliness in its belief that nobody who wants company should be without it. #EndLoneliness

Giving back

Our members are bonded by a shared desire to help others. Funding life-changing medical research, supporting the RNLI and raising money for many local good causes are just some of the ways in which we try to make a real difference in our local communities. Read more

We are very grateful to the Oddfellows for funding our project, which will help people with Parkinson’s to live more active and independent lives.

PAUL JACKSON-CLARK Director of Fundraising, Parkinson’s UK

Modern-day traditions

Traditions

Our heritage is unique, with founding traditions and values that we feel are worth preserving. Many of our members cherish the opportunity to be involved in the traditional ceremonies of the Order and to progress through our fraternal Lectures. It’s a personal choice and not something you have to do to as a member. Find out more

Financial Services

Unity Mutual

We've recently launched our new financial services brand, Unity Mutual – providing simple savings, investments and protection products to help you and your family save for tomorrow. Unity Mutual offers a range of products, such as Guaranteed Investment Bonds, Tax-exempt Savings Plans, Sickness Income Plans, as well as Junior and Flexible ISAs.

Friendship Month

Campaign

We’re here to offer friendship and support year-round, but every September our Branches and members wave an extra big hello to anyone looking to meet other caring and friendly people in their area. It’s our 10th Friendship Month this year, so we’re putting on lots of exciting events that are perfect for first introductions. Come give us a try and let’s celebrate friendship together.

Making a Difference Awards

Member recognition

Our Making a Difference Awards are designed to reward the extraordinary and give recognition to members who mean the world to us. Voting is now open for our 2020 awards. Who will our next four winners be?

Our Big Fact Factsheet

Information

Take a look at our Big Fact Factsheet to find out more about our Society, and how we carry out our mission of making friends and helping people.

Everyone's welcome

Because friendships don’t start in empty rooms – the more people there are, the more magic happens. Watch our video and find out how Oddfellows membership is bringing a spark to people’s lives.

Oddfellows gifts and merchandise

Why don't you take a look at the latest Oddfellows gifts and merchandise available through the Society's OddShop?

From badges and books to calendars and cufflinks – we're sure there's something that'll take your fancy.

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