The Printing Charity - here to help
Set up in 1827, The Printing Charity is the UK's second oldest occupational charity and the only dedicated national charity for the UK print, paper, publishing, packaging, and graphics sectors. The charity offers practical, emotional, and financial.
Financial help is there for those who are struggling to make ends meet and need short-term help to get back on their feet, covering day-to-day essential expenditure, but also for those who may experience an unexpected financial cost like a new washing machine or sofa.
Alongside financial help, the charity's support includes signposting to specialist services such as debt management, mental health, and counselling where appropriate. The charity tries to provide people with the tools to help themselves and, if appropriate, encourage them to get back into work, even if it is to a different industry, and give financial support while they do this.
People who have worked for three years in the sector, not necessarily consecutively or for the same employer, as well as dependants of those who have, are eligible to apply for support from the charity. The best thing to do is to call their friendly team who can talk through the options available.
Their free and confidential helpline is available to employees in the sector, providing 24/7/365 access to BACP accredited counsellors for emotional support, and practical advice and support on a range of subjects from CAB trained advisors from Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm.
The service is currently being rolled out via employers, so if you think you and your staff could benefit from the helpline, please contact the charity on [email protected]
The charity also owns and manages two sheltered home developments for people aged 60 years and over, who have retired from the sector. Beaverbrook House in Bletchley has 32 self-contained apartments and Southwood Court in Basildon has 40. Both developments are close to local amenities and provide independent living in a caring community where there is a small team on hand to help residents access support if needed.
Championing the new generation in print
The charity's flagship annual Rising Star Awards give young people the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £1,500 to support personal development and skills training and are open to UK residents aged 18 to 30 years working in print, paper, packaging, publishing, or graphics sectors.
The charity works with sector partners to inspire a new generation to consider the diverse roles and disciplines the sector offers young people. Its focus is on initiatives that provide clear pathways into employment and career development.
To find out more about the support available from the charity, visit www.theprintingcharity.org.uk or call 01293 542820.