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The Printing Charity—the industry’s helping hand

The Printing Charity is the only dedicated national charity helping people in printing, publishing, packaging and graphic arts through its welfare and education work supporting beneficiaries across the UK.

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The 2017 Print Futures Awards winners with Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity's chief executive

It knows there are people unaware of its support and it is now on a concerted mission to reach out to them under the stewardship of chief executive Neil Lovell. 

Welfare

The charity helps people of all ages who have worked for at least three years in the industry, not necessarily consecutively or for the same employer, as well as dependents of those who have. 

Its support includes regular financial assistance, one-off grants, and signposting to specialist services such as debt advice and counselling. 

Individuals facing financial hardship may be eligible for regular financial assistance, while one-off grants can be used to help with essential day-to-day living costs or for things such as home adaptations, mobility aids, care home fee top-ups, and respite for carers. 

Today's printing industry is a multi-channel marketplace, so it's vital that it attracts and retains new talent with the skills needed


Changes in an industry that continues to innovate and adapt affect individuals. The charity funds a partner organisation to provide CV writing and interview coaching for people facing redundancy. 

The charity’s two purpose-built sheltered homes, Beaverbrook House in Bletchley and Southwood Court in Basildon, provide independent living in 72 self-contained apartments for people aged 60 years or over, who have retired from or have a direct connection to the industry. 

Residents live independently with the comfort of knowing that they are part of a friendly community, with home managers on-site for support when needed. 

Education

The charity’s education work has expanded from the education of printers’ children to encompass its flagship Print Futures Awards and industry partnerships supporting training for individuals wishing to join or already working in the industry. 

Neil Lovell, the charity’s chief executive, says: “Today’s printing industry is a multi-channel marketplace, so it’s vital that it attracts and retains new talent with the skills needed. We champion education and training with a focus on direct routes into employment from the creative to the technical, as well as career development.”

Print Futures Awards

These annual awards are grants of up to £1,500 to help people aged 18 to 30 years pay for relevant courses to train for careers in printing, publishing, packaging and graphic arts, or develop their workplace skills. 

This year the charity received 275 applications, three times more than last year, with 78 winners representing disciplines from pre-press, papermaking, and journalism to graphic design. This fantastic result was only possible with support from colleges, universities, trade associations, and industry promoting the awards. 

“The calibre of this year’s entries and winners shows the industry is certainly attracting talented young people, who wowed the industry judges with their passion for their chosen sectors,” comments Lovell, who adds: “We look forward to seeing how the winners’ careers develop.”


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