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Support Network

Support Network exists to provide personal support, including information, advice, finance, emotional and/or practical assistance to Members of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers who are in need, wherever they are in the world. We can also help partners and the close family of members.  Contact us via +44(0)20 7304 6812 or at supportnetwork@imeche.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

More about Support Network


There are many ways to donate to Support Network.  We are particularly grateful for the £10 annual contribution that members provide at the time of their subscription renewal, as we always use all of these donations in providing direct support and grants to members in need.  Legacies help us to ensure that we will also be in position to help in future years.  Thank you for helping us to keep helping others.


Do you need help to find a job?

If you’re a member of the Institution, or a member of your family is, then we can provide specialist employment coaching. Using a combination of face-to-face sessions; online resources; self-directed exercises and consultant support, you can learn new job hunting techniques; develop a powerful CV; boost your confidence and self-esteem; and identify your key personal strengths. Initial assistance can be provided at no charge as part of your membership, and subsequent sessions may also be provided on a free basis, depending on wider circumstances.

More on the employment programmes


Money problems?

If you're having financial difficulties, the sooner you take action the better. Ignoring debts won't make them disappear. In order to offer a wider range of money and debt advice services, we have partnered with StepChange national debt charity to be provide access to debt solutions which include 100% self-access online tools, a telephone helpline, access to specialist advisers who can guide you, directly negotiate repayment plans on your behalf, and devise debt management plans with creditors. Their service is free to IMechE members and their family as part of membership. To talk to a money advisor call free on 0800 138 1111 or see more on Money Advice

Students and Apprentices

We award a number of grants to Mechanical Engineering students who are in financial difficulties, as well as those who need special equipment in order to complete their studies.
More information about student grants.

We also welcome applications from IMechE members who are following an Apprenticeship in mechanical engineering.
More information about apprenticeship grants.


Do you need general advice?

Our free telephone helpline operated by Advice Express can assist with a whole range of day-to-day enquiries including issues related to employment, housing, consumer problems, family and relationship difficulties, pension and welfare benefits. You can call them on our dedicated number of 01275 376 029 and their service is available Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, and at weekends 9am-12noon.  All advisors are based in the UK. Please tell them that you are calling from the IMechE.

More on information and advice

Click here for online legal information provided by their sister organisation Law Express

Care advice for older people from our partner charity, Independent Age

We know that caring for someone, and considering and obtaining the support that they need, especially in respect of moving into residential care, can be a confusing and distressing experience. So we are pleased to offer a quality-assured advice and information service in partnership with Independent Age, a well-established charity working with and for older people, their families and carers. They are specialists in providing information and advice about care and support issues for older people living in their own homes, with their family, in residential care or temporarily in hospital.


Contact us

There are lots of ways to get in touch: 



+44(0)20 7304 6816 for Maureen Hayes, the Casework and Support Officer

+44(0)20 7304 6812 for Anni Broadhead, Chief Executive, or Andrew Dodsworth, the Finance and Administrative Officer

Fax: +44(0)20 7973 1262

Address: Support Network, 3 Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ


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