About Support Network

Support Network is the personal support charity for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

We’ve been around since 1913: see Our history for the full story.

Who we help

We assist eligible people of all ages, wherever they are in the world. We want to help as many people as we can, so we also welcome enquiries about potential applications. You can apply if you’re:

  • An Institution Member or Fellow (including affiliates and associate members)
  • A former Institution Member or Fellow who has paid subscription fees for at least five years
  • The spouse, widow, widower, child, relative or other dependant of any of the above

What we do

Support Network provides information, advice, and financial, emotional and practical assistance to people in need. These people could be present or past Institution members, their partners, children or other dependants.


How we help


Apply for help

To apply for help, contact us at supportnetwork@imeche.org or via Tel + 44 (0)20 7304 6818. We look forward to hearing from you.


How you can help

We rely on our team of volunteer visitors to help us assess new applications for support and keep in touch with our beneficiaries.

Around half of our members back the Support Network in one way or another, mostly by making a voluntary £10 donation with their annual subscription, but also through payroll giving, Gift Aid and regular payments throughout the year. Find out how you can help by volunteering or making a donation.