Printing charity wants to help more people

14th August 2015

A charity, originally set up to look after printers and their widows, wants to help more people.

The Printing Charity helps those who work or have worked for three years, not necessarily consecutively or for the same employer, in organisations that produce a printed output.

It helps people of all ages, including dependent family members.

Printing charity

The wide range of roles the charity covers in such organisations includes printing, publishing, packaging, operating presses, warehousing, driving delivery vans, cleaning, advertising, photography, office supplies, graphic arts, making ink, recycling paper, library workers, and book sellers.

“You may also be eligible for our help if you are a dependant of someone who works or has worked in print or print-related trades, said Stephen Gilbert, chief executive of the charity.”

The Printing Charity, set up in 1827, provides means-tested grants. For people on relatively low incomes, regular financial assistance is paid twice a year and can be used for any reasonable purpose.

Stephen said: “We also provide financial grants for things to improve the quality of people’s lives such as home adaptations, furniture and fittings, repairs and maintenance, mobility and sensory equipment, nursing care and residential top-up fees, carers’ respite breaks, bereavement payments, and occupational training and related expenses.

“For people in the industry facing redundancy, wanting to get back into work or having to change the type of work they for do, for example, for health reasons, we offer means-tested training grants.

“Additional help is available with CV writing, job searches, networking and interview skills through our job search support partners, Chiumento and Renovo.

Sheltered homes

The Printing Charity owns and manages two purpose-built, sheltered homes for people aged 60 years and over who have retired from the printing industry or print-related trades.

Beaverbrook House in Bletchley has 32 self-contained apartments and Southwood Court in Basildon, Essex, has 40. Both homes provide independent living in a caring, friendly, safe community.

“If you are a dependant of someone who worked in print and are aged 60 and over, you may also be eligible to live at one of our two homes,” said Stephen.

Other support

As well as signposting people to other charities for advice, for example, debt relief and benefits calculation, the Printing Charity is developing long-term relationships with organisations and other charities to increase uptake of its services.

Get in touch

“If you believe you may be eligible (even if you are unsure) whether you would be eligible for assistance, please do get in touch with us,” said Stephen.

To find out more about eligibility and how to apply, contact grants office Henry Smith on 01293 649 368, email him or see the charity's website.

For details about the sheltered homes contact:

Kathy Senior, Beaverbrook House, 01908 372 667, or email her  or

Margaret Duff, Southwood Court, 01268 527 817, or email her.