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Healing through bookbinding

The UK’s second oldest occupational charity, The Printing Charity, works tirelessly to support the printing, publishing, packaging and graphic arts sectors.

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Wendy Lagden is the first person to achieve the qualification, which has provided more than one benefit

As part of this work, the charity works strategically with industry partners to fund training and encourage young people into the industry.

Working with Bound by Veterans, The Printing Charity funds its provision of the internationally recognised City & Guilds Level 3 Bookbinding qualification, and celebrations are in order as Wendy Lagden has become the first to gain the qualification.

An ex-aircraft engineer in the Royal Navy, Lagden was discharged with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005. Bound by Veterans offers bookbinding tuition to Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) veterans to aid their recovery and help with the transition from military to civilian life.

Learning this fascinating trade and, in particular, achieving the City & Guilds Level 3, has inspired me to continue bookbinding and given me a new purpose in life

Lagden explains how she was first attracted to the qualification due to personal reasons: “When I first saw the course advertised it appealed to me because I had been wanting to repair an old book of my Gran’s for some time.

“What I didn’t expect was from that moment I would become completely hooked. Learning this fascinating trade and, in particular, achieving the City & Guilds Level 3, has inspired me to continue bookbinding and given me a new purpose in life.”

Neil Lovell, chief executive of The Printing Charity offers his congratulations and adds: “This is a great initiative that fits with our support to preserve the heritage skill of bookbinding, also shown in our other funding of The Queen’s Bindery Apprenticeship Scheme and Designer Bookbinders.

“We are proud to support the achievement of recognised qualifications and training, which can produce routes into employment.”


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