Welcome to the German Welfare Council

The German Welfare Council (formerly also known as German Advice Centre) offers independent help and advice free of charge for people with personal and social problems. This help is provided by a bilingual social worker with a wide experience of statutory and voluntary provisions for social care in both Germany and the UK.

The German Welfare Council was founded in 1952 and is a registered charity since 1983. It is politically and denominationally independent. The aims and perspectives of this charity have changed over the past 60 years of its existence according to the trend of people emigrating and immigrating. Giving advice on social security provisions, pensions and EU regulations has therefore become more and more important. The staff of the German Welfare Council also tries to help people in financial crisis situations and many other welfare issues which arise from the increased number of employee transfer and their family moving between Germany and the UK.

In order for the German Welfare Council to continue its work, it relies heavily on private and corporate subscriptions and donations in addition to financial support from other funds.

What we do

  • EU Advice (e.g. moving between Germany and UK)

  • Pension/Compensation Advice

  • Long-term Support

  • Applying for grants for people in financial crisis

  • Life Certificates for German pensions

Grant Application form


EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU have more certainty about their future following an agreement on citizens’ rights between the UK and the EU Commission.

EU citizens living lawfully in the UK and UK nationals living lawfully in the EU by 29 March 2019 will be able to stay and enjoy broadly the same rights and benefits as they do now.

The agreement includes that:

  • Close family members will be able to join after the UK has left the EU. This includes spouses, unmarried partners, children, grandchildren, dependent parents and grandparents. Children born or adopted outside of the UK after the 29 March 2019 will also be covered.
  • People will be able to be absent from the UK for up to five years without losing settled status, more than double the level of absence allowed under current EU law. There will be the same reciprocal protection for UK nationals living in the EU.
  • Professional qualifications (e.g. doctors and architects) will continue to be recognised where these are obtained before the date of the UK’s departure from the EU.
  • It will be easy to apply for settled status and there will be a full right of appeal.
  • Those EU citizens who already hold a valid Permanent Residence document will be able to have their status converted to settled status free of charge.

This agreement also provides certainty on healthcare, pensions and other benefits. It will mean that EU citizens who have paid into the UK system can benefit from what they’ve already put in and continue to benefit from existing coordination rules for future contributions. Those covered by the agreement will be able to continue to receive healthcare as they do now.

There will be a transparent, smooth and streamlined process to enable EU citizens to apply for settled status starting in the latter half of next year for two years after the UK leaves the EU – from 2018 to 2021.

You can read more about settled status and citizens’ rights here. Applications for Settled Status will open officially from 30th March 2019, it will be much simpler and quicker than applying for Permanent Residence, so EU citizens should apply for Settled status until 31st December 2020.

In the event of a ‘no deal’ Settled status will still be implemented and information above should be followed.

This page will be kept up to date with the latest information: Status of EU citizens in the UK: what you need to know.

Extract of the Constitution:

“…to relieve poverty amongst persons predominantly of German origin who are in necessitous circumstances, by the provision of financial assistance to such persons and be such other means as shall further the said object; … to relieve the aged, particularly through the provision of recreational facilities for elderly persons predominantly of German origin who have need there of by reason of their age or social or economic circumstances with the object of improving their conditions of life.”

About us

The German Welfare Council was founded in 1952 and is a registered Charity in the UK since 1983. It is politically and denominationally independent. For many years it hosted the German Advice Centre which was closed at the end of 2009.

The staff of the German Welfare Council works closely with trusts that help German nationals or their descendants in a financial crisis. Most of them help with one-off emergency grants; others pay 2-4 times per year so called heating grants to alleviate heating costs for the elderly or chronically sick people and families. The staff is authorized to apply for these grants. Applications have to be made either in person, per letter or by referral of another social agency or charity. It is essential that some sort of evidence of income is provided.

Who we are

Committee Udo Bauer (Chairman)
Uwe Maynard (Vice Chairman)
Barbara von Alten (Secretary)
Verena Gronewold
Karin Groombridge
Julien Rhys
Andreas Blum
Staff Doreen Scording (Dipl. Soz.-Päd, Social Worker)


Furthermore we would appreciate your permanent support, by becoming a member of our Charity, the German Welfare Council.
Membership fees:

  • Ordinary member (£15 per calendar year)
  • Personal lifelong member (£150 one-off payment)
  • Corporate member (£100 per calendar year)
  • Supporting corporate member (£500 per calendar year)

If you are interested in membership please contact our staff.

Application for Membership
Gift Aid Declaration


You can transfer your donations directly to our bank account, or send us a cheque payable to: “German Welfare Council”:

HSBC Branch Euston Road
31 Euston Road
London NW1 2ST
sort code: 40 04 07
account number: 3105 5909

Voluntary Service

You can support our work by visiting the elderly or the sick. If you are interested and would like to know more about the visiting service, please contact us.

News letter

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Contact Us

35 Craven Terrace,
London. W2 3EL

+44 (0)20 7262 2463






Annual Report 2018


Financial Statement 2018



Financial Statement 2017
60 years of the GWC

Skat Evening

The German YMCA hosts Skat evenings to fundraise for the GWC. Feel free to join with a minimum donation of £5 (tea/coffee and biscuits are provided) at 7pm at the Lancaster Hall Hotel, 35 Craven Terrace, London, W2 3EL.

Next dates are on the German YMCA’s website among their Programme for Everyone:
For more information please contact Udo Bauer, u.bauer@german-ymca.org.uk