Oddfellows membership terms and conditions

If you have any queries about your membership and your entitlements, please contact us.

For all membership types, please note:

  • The package of member benefits is subject to periodic review and may change over time.
  • Oddfellows benefits are non-contractual and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
  • Terms and conditions apply to all benefits provided by third parties. Please check each third-party benefit for full details.

STANDARD MEMBERS

Accidental Death Benefit – available from day one
Should a member die as a result of accidental death within their country of domicile (eg the UK), the Oddfellows offers £1,000 support; or £2,500 support if it occurs outside the country of domicile. Applications must include an original copy of the death certificate which states ‘Accidental Death’ as the cause of death and be submitted to the Branch Secretary within three months of the date of death.

Legal Aid Scheme – available from day one
Legal assistance for personal injury and employment disputes – the incident must have taken place after the date of joining. Family members can also apply for help from the scheme for personal injury and medical negligence cases, but not for employment matters. The case must have reasonable prospects of success and costs must be proportionate.

Orphan Gift Fund – available from day one
For children who lose one or both parents; the child or one of the parents must be a member. Financial support is available until the end of full time education up to the completion of a university degree. Applications are made through a Branch Secretary who will need to visit their home to help complete the claim form and to determine if extra help or support is required.

Emergency Financial Aid (Household) – available from day one
Up to £750 cash grant in the event of a serious household emergency such as fire or flood. Grants must be applied for through your Branch Secretary. Proof may be required that the event has occurred (which may require a visit by the Branch Secretary).

Benevolence Grant – available from day one
The total value of a Benevolence Grant (also referred to as a Distress Grant) is decided on a case-by-case basis. The grant is a cash donation and the recipient will not be required to repay it. The issue for which you need help must not have started prior to becoming a member.

Convalescence and carer support (Home, Carer's Respite & Care Benefit) – available from year three of membership
This is a discretionary benefit available after two years of membership (once the third year’s membership fee has been paid), and every two years from then on. The benefit is for members whose lives have been severely affected by an illness, operation, accident or trauma who would benefit from support to help their recovery. They can apply for a stay of up to two weeks in a convalescence facility agreed by the Society or up to 30 hours of help at home or other services or equipment to help recovery. There may be an excess payable at some convalescence facilities which will be highlighted prior to the member’s stay. Alternatively members who are full time carers for someone who is ill or disabled can apply for a Carer’s Respite break. Application forms can be obtained from Branch Secretaries and should be submitted directly to the Oddfellows Care Department for assessment and processing. Applications for convalescence support include a questionnaire to be completed by a relevant medical professional to identify the need for a break as well as any additional requirements for the member’s stay. 

Oddfellows Citizens Advice Line – available from day one
General advice service provided to members by Citizens Advice. Citizens Advice is an independent advice agency and are solely responsible for all advice they provide. If you have any queries about the advice you have received or wish to make a complaint then you should contact Citizens Advice directly. Citizens Advice operate a formal complaints process.

Educational Awards – available from year five of membership
These non-refundable educational and training bursaries are for members undertaking their first, first degree course or apprenticeship and are allocated on a competition basis. Members must apply in writing and applications are judged on a number of criteria. Details on how to apply are available from the member's Branch Secretary. Young Oddfellows membership is taken into consideration for length of membership.

MEMBERS WITH EXTRA BENEFITS

Accidental Death Benefit – available from day one
Should a member die as a result of accidental death within their country of domicile (eg the UK), the Oddfellows offers £1,000 support; or £2,500 support if it occurs outside the country of domicile. Applications must include an original copy of the death certificate which states ‘Accidental Death’ as the cause of death and be submitted to the Branch Secretary within three months of the date of death.

Legal Aid Scheme – available from day one
Legal assistance for personal injury and employment disputes – the incident must have taken place after the date of joining. Family members can also apply for help from the scheme for personal injury and medical negligence cases, but not for employment matters. The case must have reasonable prospects of success and costs must be proportionate.

Orphan Gift Fund – available from day one
For children who lose one or both parents; the child or one of the parents must be a member. Financial support is available until the end of full time education up to the completion of a university degree. Applications are made through a Branch Secretary who will need to visit their home to help complete the claim form and to determine if extra help or support is required.

Emergency Financial Aid (Household) – available from day one
Up to £750 cash grant in the event of a serious household emergency such as fire or flood. Grants must be applied for through your Branch Secretary. Proof may be required that the event has occurred (which may require a visit by the Branch Secretary).

Benevolence Grant – available from day one
The total value of a Benevolence Grant (also referred to as a Distress Grant) is decided on a case-by-case basis. The grant is a cash donation and the recipient will not be required to repay it. The issue for which you need help must not have started prior to becoming a member.

Dental Care Benefit – available every year from year two of membership
£30 towards checkups and treatment. Claims must include an original receipt. You cannot claim for any costs already covered by a dental insurance policy. Any claims must be made within 12 months of the date of treatment, or the date of the receipt for treatment – whichever is earlier.

Optical Care Benefit – available every other membership year from year two of membership
£30 towards sight tests, glasses or contact lenses. Claims must include an original receipt. Any claims must be made within 12 months of the date of treatment, or the date of the receipt for treatment – whichever is earlier.

Convalescence and carer support (Home, Carer's Respite & Care Benefit) – available from year three of membership
This is a discretionary benefit available after two years of membership (once the third year’s membership fee has been paid), and every two years from then on. The benefit is for members whose lives have been severely affected by an illness, operation, accident or trauma who would benefit from support to help their recovery. They can apply for a stay of up to two weeks in a convalescence facility agreed by the Society or up to 30 hours of help at home or other services or equipment to help recovery. There may be an excess payable at some convalescence facilities which will be highlighted prior to the member’s stay. Alternatively members who are full time carers for someone who is ill or disabled can apply for a Carer’s Respite break. Application forms can be obtained from Branch Secretaries and should be submitted directly to the Oddfellows Care Department for assessment and processing. Applications for convalescence support include a questionnaire to be completed by a relevant medical professional to identify the need for a break as well as any additional requirements for the member’s stay. 

Oddfellows Citizens Advice Line – available from day one
General advice service provided to members by Citizens Advice. Citizens Advice is an independent advice agency and are solely responsible for all advice they provide. If you have any queries about the advice you have received or wish to make a complaint then you should contact Citizens Advice directly. Citizens Advice operate a formal complaints process.

Educational Awards – available from year five of membership
These non-refundable educational and training bursaries are for members undertaking their first, first degree course or apprenticeship and are allocated on a competition basis. Members must apply in writing and applications are judged on a number of criteria. Details on how to apply are available from the member's Branch Secretary. Young Oddfellows membership is taken into consideration for length of membership.

NATIONAL MEMBER (These benefits will cease for all renewals on or after 1 January 2018)

Accidental Death Benefit – available from day one
Should a member die as a result of accidental death within their country of domicile (eg the UK), the Oddfellows offers £1,000 support; or £2,500 support if it occurs outside the country of domicile. Applications must include an original copy of the death certificate which states ‘Accidental Death’ as the cause of death and be submitted to the Branch Secretary within three months of the date of death. This benefit cannot be claimed if financial support has been, or is due to be, received for the member’s family through the Oddfellows' Funeral Benefit.

Legal Aid Scheme – available from day one
Legal assistance for personal injury and employment disputes – the incident must have taken place after the date of joining. Family members can also apply for help from the scheme for personal injury and medical negligence cases, but not for employment matters. The case must have reasonable prospects of success and costs must be proportionate.

Orphan Gift Fund – available from day one
For children who lose one or both parents; the child or one of the parents must be a member. Financial support is available until the end of full time education up to the completion of a university degree. Applications are made through a Branch Secretary who will need to visit their home to help complete the claim form and to determine if extra help or support is required.

Emergency Financial Aid (Household) – available from day one
Up to £750 cash grant in the event of a serious household emergency such as fire or flood. Grants must be applied for through your Branch Secretary. Proof may be required that the event has occurred (which may require a visit by the Branch Secretary).

Benevolence Grant – available from day one
The total value of a Benevolence Grant (also referred to as a Distress Grant) is decided on a case-by-case basis. The grant is a cash donation and the recipient will not be required to repay it. The issue for which you need help must not have started prior to becoming a member.

Dental Care Benefit – available every year from year two of membership
£25 towards checkups and treatment. Claims must include an original receipt. You cannot claim for any costs already covered by a dental insurance policy. Any claims must be made within 12 months of the date of treatment, or the date of the receipt for treatment – whichever is earlier.

Optical Care Benefit – available every other membership year from year two of membership
£25 towards sight tests, glasses or contact lenses. Claims must include an original receipt. Any claims must be made within 12 months of the date of treatment, or the date of the receipt for treatment – whichever is earlier.

Convalescence and carer support (Home, Carer's Respite & Care Benefit) – available from year three of membership
This is a discretionary benefit available after two years of membership (once the third year’s membership fee has been paid), and every two years from then on. The benefit is for members whose lives have been severely affected by an illness, operation, accident or trauma who would benefit from support to help their recovery. They can apply for a stay of up to two weeks in a convalescence facility agreed by the Society or up to 30 hours of help at home or other services or equipment to help recovery. There may be an excess payable at some convalescence facilities which will be highlighted prior to the member’s stay. Alternatively members who are full time carers for someone who is ill or disabled can apply for a Carer’s Respite break. Application forms can be obtained from Branch Secretaries and should be submitted directly to the Oddfellows Care Department for assessment and processing. Applications for convalescence support include a questionnaire to be completed by a relevant medical professional to identify the need for a break as well as any additional requirements for the member’s stay. 

Oddfellows Citizens Advice Line – available from day one
General advice service provided to members by Citizens Advice. Citizens Advice is an independent advice agency and are solely responsible for all advice they provide. If you have any queries about the advice you have received or wish to make a complaint then you should contact Citizens Advice directly. Citizens Advice operate a formal complaints process.

Funeral Benefit – available from year three of membership
The member’s next of kin can receive £150 support towards funeral expenses. The contributing member must have been aged 74 or younger on joining the Oddfellows to be eligible. Applications must include an original copy of the death certificate and be submitted to the member's Branch Secretary within three months of the date of death. This benefit cannot be claimed if financial support has been, or is due to be, received for the member’s family through the Oddfellows' Accidental Death Benefit.

Educational Awards – available from year five of membership
These non-refundable educational and training bursaries are for members undertaking their first, first degree course or apprenticeship and are allocated on a competition basis. Members must apply in writing and applications are judged on a number of criteria. Details on how to apply are available from the member's Branch Secretary. Young Oddfellows membership is taken into consideration for length of membership.

YOUNG ODDFELLOWS

Savings on Adult Membership
Savings depend on the length of Young Oddfellows membership. The child/young person must have remained a member continuously up until the age of 18.

Annual £5 gift voucher – available from day one
The child/young person will receive a gift voucher with a value of £5 during the month of November or December. The type of voucher varies from Branch to Branch.

Orphan Gift Fund – available from day one
As per Standard Membership T&Cs above.

Emergency Financial Aid (Household) – available from day one
As per Standard Membership T&Cs above. The child must be registered as living at the affected property.

Benevolence Grant – available from day one
As per Standard Membership T&Cs above.

Accidental Death Benefit – available from day one
As per Standard Membership T&Cs above.

Third-party member offers – available from day one
Please check third-party terms and conditions and age restrictions before redeeming.

Legal Aid Scheme – available from day one
As per Standard Membership T&Cs above, however parental/guardian consent may be needed where required by law or by third-party providers.

Branch Welfare Support - available from day one
A consenting parent/guardian must be present in order to receive support from a Branch Welfare Visitor.

Convalescence, Care and Carer's Respite support – available from year three of membership
As per Standard Membership T&Cs above, however parental/guardian consent may be needed where required by law or by third-party providers.

Educational Awards – available from year five of membership
As per Standard Membership T&Cs above.

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