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The Printing Charity

Helping people who work or have worked in the UK printing, publishing, packaging and graphic arts sectors

Young man sitting with older man in a care home lounge

Since 1827, The Printing Charity has been helping people who are experiencing financial hardship, poor health and distress.

We do this through regular and short-term financial assistance, one-off grants, our two sheltered homes and by signposting to specialist services.  

We know it is not always easy for people to ask for help. However, our Welfare & Wellbeing Team is a friendly voice at the end of the phone and all calls are confidential.

Who can apply for help from the Printing Charity?

We help people of all ages who:

  • Work or have worked for at least three years, not necessarily consecutively or for the same employer, in printing, publishing, packaging, graphic arts or the allied trades

  • Are a dependant of someone who has worked for at least three years in printing,

What financial help does the Printing Charity provide?

People may be eligible for regular or short-term financial assistance, which can be used for any purpose.

We also provide care cost support as:

  • Ongoing support to help with nursing home and residential care
  • Care packages in sheltered housing or people’s own homes.

Our one-off grants support independent living and help with essential expenses. One-off grants can be used to help pay for things such as:

  • Home adaptations

  • Mobility aids

  • Respite care

  • White goods.

What other support does the Printing Charity give?

Sheltered homes

Our purpose-built sheltered homes, Beaverbrook House in Bletchley and Southwood Court in Basildon, contain 72 apartments and provide independent living for people aged 60 years or over, who have retired from the industry or have a direct industry connection. Residents live independently, with access to support when needed.


Many people who contact us for help have complex needs. We work with them to assess the most appropriate support. In addition to financial assistance, this might include signposting to specialist services, such as debt advice, counselling, homelessness, mental health and community inclusion.

Who has the Printing Charity helped?

What our beneficiaries say:

“We would like to thank you for the regular financial assistance. This is very much appreciated, as my wife was taken into hospital unexpectedly, with a mild heart attack and, therefore, I had to pay travel costs to visit her in hospital."

“This money makes my life just a bit more bearable. With all my health problems, it’s a relief knowing I can turn on the heating, without worrying at night about how to pay my heating bills.”

“I am truly grateful for your generosity. This will have such a positive impact on my life as I struggle to overcome my depression, anxiety and physical health challenges. I am so determined to get better and this can only help in so many ways, apart from relieving the financial stress I have been under.”

How do I contact the Printing Charity?

Call us on: 01293 542 820



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Date of publication: November 2017