What do they do?
The Book Trade Charity is a fantastic organisation, offering support, guidance and financial assistance to all those in the book trade industry presently, in the past or striving to be in the future.
Founded on the principles that age, health and finance should not be a barrier to this creative and inspiring industry, the charity aims to overcome these barriers.
How can they help you?
If you have been struck by an unexpected illness, financial problems, medical situations or redundancy for example you may be eligible for assistance.
By offering grants, housing, and confidential and friendly support to tackle these problems.
The Retreat and Bookbinders Cottages – both in London, are residential facilities for those working or have previously worked in the book trade. Offering a fantastic, comfortable and community centred atmosphere, with individuals who share common experiences.
Travelling costs for interviews, extra financial assistance to move to London for jobs are also ways the charity can help if you meet their requirements.
What about if I haven’t worked in trade books before?
Extra assistance during internships, supporting in education or training courses, financial costs in attending interviews are some of the ways the charity can help you.
www.booktradeentrysupport.org – this website is aimed to provide information to those who are new to the trade. Take a look, it may just help you in reaching your dream job!
Are you looking to get back into work?
Going back to work can be scary and a challenge.
The charity can assist you with this transfer. Re-training after being made redundant, assistance with training courses, financial grants are some of the ways the charity can help you.
Donations are massively appreciated, both one-off, or regular monthly or annual. Currently the charity’s annual grants budget (across all the areas in which it helps) is some £250,000, and donations are relied upon to replenish the budget every year.
If you are up for some fun, you can run an event (possibly a bake sale?) a tasty treat! Or if you are up for something more challenging you can also take part in a run or swim!
The charity also has 5 places in the London Marathon each year – you can achieve a huge personal success and contribute to a great cause at the same time!
If you would like to fill out a grant form or discuss your options, visit the website here:
You can also call: 01923 263128
You can also read some inspiring stories on their website of the excellent work the charity has carried out.