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Page Briggs University Bursaries 2017:  Please note the Trustees have now met and reviewed the University Bursary Applications for 2017.  All applicants will be notified sometime after the 8th of September when the process for sending out the letters will begin.  Once again we have had a lot of applications to deal with as this is a popular scheme.

Rising Stars: Exclusive to Royal Mail and Post Office Ltd families with Children under the age of 18 - apply here now until the 30th of September 2017.  For more information see Rising Stars. See ‘How we can help’ for more information



POOBI is The Post Office Orphans Benevolent Institution

We serve staff and pensioners of Royal Mail and Post Office Ltd with a focus on children (see " How we can help")

POOBI was established in 1870 by staff from the General Post Office (a forerunner of Royal Mail Group & Post Office Ltd) to help the families of their colleagues who faced hardship as a result of death or chronic illness or disability. POOBI’s income comes primarily from previous employee subscriptions which have been invested and carefully managed over the intervening years, supported by other donations.

Thanks to CSIS Charity Fund for their very generous 2017 grant to POOBI of £30,000 which supports our beneficiaries.

How POOBI can help

POOBI may be able to provide help in the following circumstances:

  • Where there is demonstrable hardship to a child through parental death, absence, disability, chronic illness of parent or child, or other serious family issue which is restricting development.
  • Where a young person is about to attend university.
  • Where a child has special talents in the performing arts, sport or other specialist area and the family needs help with expensive equipment or dedicated coaching.

Information about POOBI’s educational support schemes appear in regularly in Courier together with details about how and when to apply for an award.

Colleagues should also be aware that they can seek assistance with child hardship issues via the confidential Feeling First Class Support Helpline which provides a wide range of skills, expertise and resources on 0800 6888 777.

How could you support the fund?

If you would like to fundraise to support POOBI you can make use of Royal Mail’s Community Support Matched Giving Scheme. Details about the scheme and how you can apply can be found here.

POOBI Management

POOBI is operated by a committee of Trustees who include Royal Mail employees and retired Royal Mail staff. It is supported by a Secretary to the Trustees. The POOBI office is usually open one day a week. More information on how to contact us can be found on the contact us page .

POOBI produces audited accounts each year (our year runs from 1st January to 31st December). The auditors are RE Jones and Co Ltd Chartered Accountants.

POOBI or poobi is a registered trademark of The Post Office Orphans Benevolent Institution (registered in UK).

Banking is through Barclays Bank plc (Registered No 1026167. Registered Office: 1 Churchill Place, London, E14 5HP) and the investments are managed by Cazenove Captial Management, part of Schroders & Co Limited at 12 Moorgate, LONDON, EC2R 6DA.

© Post Office Orphans Benevolent Institution 2017 | Patron: Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent
Registered as a Friendly Society (No. 37-BEN) with Charitable Status and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
POOBI, Royal Mail, 185 Farringdon Rd, LONDON. EC1A 1AA
e-mail: poobi.secretary@royalmail.com
Secretary: John Powell
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