When Henry Smith died in 1628 his Will included a legacy to help members of his family (his “Kindred”) in financial need. Henry had no children of his own, so by Kindred he meant descendants of his sister Joan.

Today more than 1,500 people are registered with us and we provided financial support to 132 people in 2016.

We are able to offer a range of help and support. This includes access to a free confidential Helpline as well as financial assistance.

Financial assistance is mainly for those with low incomes and will depend on the circumstances and financial needs of the person or family applying. Requests for support are considered on a case-by-case basis by the Kindred Trustees, and any help provided is at their discretion. Kindred will be sent a detailed application form to complete and return if they wish to apply for financial assistance.

Help We Can Offer to Kindred

Our confidential Helpline provides information and advice on a range of issues including financial advice, health, mental health and personal issues, befriending, counselling services and legal advice. It is available to all Kindred registered with us regardless of their income.

In terms of the financial help available to registered Kindred, this can include financial support to retired and working-age adults on low incomes, grants to cover vocational training for young people or those needing to re-train, grants for students taking first degrees at UK universities, or one-off costs such as white goods.

A fuller outline of the range of support we offer can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.



To register as Kindred, individuals need to supply evidence showing they are a direct descendant of, or adopted by, one of the Kindred previously registered with us (within certain date restrictions). Please contact the Kindred Team for further information.


Kindred Widening

We have recently begun a project to identify and find Kindred whose families stopped registering with us one or more generations ago. We expect this project to take three to four years to complete.

If you receive a letter from us as part of the widening project, it will include information about registration procedures (verification). We would be happy to talk to you if you have any questions about that or any other aspect of the Kindred programme. You may also find it helpful to read the ‘Support We Offer’ document and the ‘Kindred Widening - Frequent Questions’, which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.


Contact the Kindred Team

To register, make an enquiry, or apply for assistance, please contact the Kindred Team by email on or by phone on 020 7264 4970 (option 4).

Kindred downloads

Please click on the links below to download these documents.  The documents are in PDF format and will open in a new window.

Support We Offer

Kindred Widening - Frequent Questions



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