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The Printing Charity

Whatever your job is or was for three years in an organisation that produces a printed output – printing, publishing, operating presses, driving, cleaning, advertising, photography, graphic arts, making ink, recycling paper – The Printing Charity is there to help people of all ages.

Under our Helps cornerstone, we provide regular financial assistance for those on relatively low incomes, which is paid twice-yearly.

We also provide financial grants for things such as home adaptations, furniture and fittings, repairs and maintenance, mobility and sensory equipment, nursing and residential top-up fees, carers’ respite breaks, and bereavement payments.

Our training grants, which are usually up to £960, can be used to help pay for occupational training and related expenses both within and outside the industry. 

Under our Homes cornerstone, we own and manage two sheltered homes for people who have retired from the industry and their dependants: Beaverbrook House in Bletchley and Southwood Court in Basildon.

We want to help more people. For more information about eligibility and how to apply, please see www.theprintingcharity.org.uk


25 February 2016

The Printing Charity appoints Neil Lovell as interim Chief Executive and Secretary

Neil Lovell, who has joined The Printing Charity as interim Chief Executive and Secretary, has 27 years’ experience in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors in senior communications, marketing, fundraising, and management roles.

He began his career in a traditional ad agency off Fleet Street, moving to other commercial roles that have included leading the corporate communications at T-Mobile through the organisation’s rebranding from One-2-One and repositioning as one of the largest telecommunications groups in the world. As Director of Corporate Communications at RAC plc, he was responsible for its group-wide communications strategy, including its communications during the takeover by AVIVA.

He joined the not-for-profit sector in 2009 as Director of Fundraising and External Relations at Kids Company and from 2012 to 2015 was CEO of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. He is also a Trustee of the Further Education Trust for Leadership, an independent Further Education (FE) and skills sector think tank and grant-awarding charity.

Neil Lovell says: “ The Printing Charity has such an incredible history and a great future due to the work done by Stephen Gilbert, staff, and Trustees. I’ll be focusing on moving the Charity further forward and during the next few months will be getting to know the industry, our partners and, most importantly, the people we help.”

Jon Wright, The Printing Charity’s Chairman, says: “We’re pleased to welcome Neil and look forward to working with him.”
 
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Media contact: Jane Allardice, Jane Allardice Communications Ltd, T: 07778 521 853, E: jallardice@jac-pr.com


9 February 2016 

The Print Futures Awards are open for entries

The sponsors – The Printing Charity, the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), SAXOPRINT, St Bride Foundation, John Crosfield Foundation, Unite the Union GPM & IT Sector, and The Book Trade Charity – are calling for entries to the 2016 Print Futures Awards.

These annual Awards, which were launched in 2003, are cash grants of up to £1,500 each to help pay for any costs associated with relevant training courses for a career in printing, publishing, packaging or graphic arts.

The Print Futures Awards are open to people resident in the UK aged 16 to 30 years who:

  • intend or are studying for a career in printing, publishing, packaging or graphic arts in the UK 
  • are already working in those sectors in the UK and would like to undertake courses or training sessions to develop their workplace skills
  • are apprentices or studying for NVQs in print-related organisations and need help with travel and living expenses while studying

Entries should be emailed to awards@theprintingcharity.org.uk by the closing date of Friday, 27 May 2016. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in London on 13 and 14 June and the Awards will be presented on 19 July at a special event in London.

For further information about the Print Futures Awards, please email awards@theprintingcharity.org.uk or see www.printfuturesawards.com where application forms can be downloaded.

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Media contact: Jane Allardice, Jane Allardice Communications Ltd, T: 07778 521 853, E: jallardice@jac-pr.com

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9 November 2015

HRH The Duke of York, KG highlights the importance of apprenticeships at The Printing Charity’s Annual Luncheon

HRH The Duke of York, KG, in his role as The Printing Charity’s President for 2015, attended the charity’s 188th Annual Luncheon at Stationers’ Hall, London on 5 November.

The Duke of York said it had been an honour to be The Printing Charity’s President for 2015 and congratulated the charity on what it has done and continues to do to help people in difficulty, as well as young people coming into the printing industry to develop the skills they need.

Speaking at the event, The Duke of York said: “Printing is part of life, but it requires skills. Thank you to everyone here today for the work you do to raise the printing industry’s profile and encourage young people to become skilled.”

The Printing Charity’s Chairman, Jon Wright, announced that in 2015, the year the charity is marking the 150th anniversary of the granting of its first Royal Charter by Queen Victoria, it will help over 1,000 people. He outlined how the charity will achieve this through its financial grants programme, its two sheltered homes, initiatives such as the Print Futures Awards, and partnerships with other charities and organisations.

Jon Wright said: “Our work is also focused on apprenticeships. This includes helping to fund a teacher’s resource pack promoting apprenticeships to 15-18 year olds. In 2016, as part of the print industry led apprenticeship trailblazer, the charity will be assisting apprentices with costs associated with their study.”

At the event, The Duke of York presented Lord Black of Brentwood, Executive Director of the Telegraph Media Group and the charity’s Vice President, with a President Emeritus Award for his work on the charity’s behalf.

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Media contacts:

Stephen Gilbert, Chief Executive of The Printing Charity, T: 01293 542 820, E: stephen@theprintingcharity.org.uk or see www.theprintingcharity.org.uk
Jane Allardice, Jane Allardice Communications Ltd, T: 07778 521 853, E: jallardice@jac-pr.com

.About The Printing Charity:

Whatever a person’s job is or was for three years in an organisation that produces a printed output – printing, publishing, packaging, operating presses, driving, cleaning, advertising, graphic arts, journalism, photography, making ink, recycling paper – The Printing Charity helps people of all ages, including dependent family members. See www.theprintingcharity.org.uk   


1 September 2015

Lord Black of Brentwood to speak at The Printing Charity’s Annual Luncheon

Lord Black of Brentwood, Executive Director of the Telegraph Media Group, is this year’s guest speaker at The Printing Charity’s 188th Annual Luncheon on Thursday, 5 November 2015, at Stationers’ Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London.

Lord Black’s career has spanned politics and the media. He is a passionate defender of press and media freedom and free speech in the United Kingdom, the European Union and across the Commonwealth. He is Chairman of the Commonwealth Press Union (CPU) Media Trust and was the President of the European Newspaper Publishers' Association (2014-2015). In June 2015, he was appointed President of the Institute of Promotional Marketing.

He is actively involved in a number of the industry's most significant charities as Patron of the Rory Peck Trust, Vice-President of The Printing Charity, and Vice-President of the Journalists' Charity.

Tickets for the Annual Luncheon include a three-course lunch and cost £95 per person or £900 for a table of ten.

Book now for The Printing Charity’s 188th Annual Luncheon by emailing alison@theprintingcharity.org.uk or calling 01293 649 366.

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Media contacts:
Alison Braganza, Fundraising and Marketing Manager, The Printing Charity, T: 01293 649 366, E: alison@theprintingcharity.org.uk or see www.theprintingcharity.org.uk

Jane Allardice, Jane Allardice Communications Ltd, T: 07778 521 853, E: jallardice@jac-pr.com

About The Printing Charity:
Whatever a person’s job is or was for three years in an organisation that produces a printed output – printing, publishing, packaging, operating presses, driving, cleaning, advertising, graphic arts, journalism, photography, making ink, recycling paper – The Printing Charity helps people of all ages, including dependent family members. See www.theprintingcharity.org.uk   


26 August 2015

YOUNG YORKSHIRE ILLUSTRATOR SECURES U.S. BOOK DEAL WITH HELP FROM THE PRINCE’S TRUST AND THE PRINTING CHARITY

A young man from Rotherham, Lewis Houghton, has secured a book deal in the U.S. after setting up an illustration business with help from youth charity The Prince’s Trust and The Printing Charity, a national charity for people in printing, publishing, packaging, graphic arts and allied trades.
Lewis Houghton, 25, is one of more than 100 young people in the region to set up print-related businesses with help from the two charities.

From a young age, Lewis used drawing as an escape route from his depression and difficulties at home. Lewis was home-schooled and entered the world of work at 16 without any formal qualifications or basic grades in Maths and English.

Faced with unemployment, Lewis took on some temporary job opportunities including labouring and cleaning but struggled to secure permanent work. Possessing little confidence or self-esteem, he rarely showed people his illustrations for fear of how they would respond. However, after he confided in a friend that he would love to start his own business, she convinced him to contact The Prince’s Trust. Within weeks Lewis had joined The Prince’s Trust four day Enterprise programme, which supports unemployed 18-30 year olds interested in self-employment. He set about developing some customised drawings and an illustration service for publishers.

After completing his business plan, Lewis was awarded a £650 grant from The Printing Charity who, in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, helps disadvantaged young people in the North of England set up their own print-related businesses. Lewis was able to invest in essential specialist illustration tools to help make his dreams a reality. He based his paper doll illustrations on children’s books to make the business more relevant and began posting his work on social media sites. Lewis’s talent soon caught the attention of an award-winning children’s author in America who has now commissioned Lewis to illustrate his next 12 books.

Lewis says: “I always wanted to start my own business but didn’t think I was smart enough so when I found The Prince’s Trust I thought, it’s now or never. I’m creative rather than business-minded so it was great to have support in being more business savvy. If it wasn’t for the grant from The Printing Charity, I wouldn’t be working for a world-famous author so I’m hugely grateful for all the support I’ve received.”

Lucy Hornsby, Head of Philanthropy at The Prince’s Trust, says: “Setting up in business can be an escape route out of unemployment – and a positive step towards success. Lewis is an inspirational example of just how much can be achieved. Youth unemployment is a worrying issue so young people need all the support they can get to help them find work or indeed create their own jobs. For this reason we’re thrilled to continue our work with The Printing Charity.”

Mark Johnson, The Printing Charity’s Helps and Futures Manager, says: “Our successful partnership with The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme is an important part of our work in the North of England. Since 2012 we have been providing grants to help unemployed young people in the region set up their own businesses in sectors such as printing, publishing, photography or graphic design.”

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. The Prince’s Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.

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For more information on The Prince’s Trust please contact Naomi Dirks on 020 7543 7401 or at naomi.dirks@princes-trust.org.uk
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For more information about The Printing Charity, please contact Mark Johnson, The Printing Charity's Helps and Futures Manager, on 01293 542 820 or email mark@theprintingcharity.org.uk

About The Prince’s Trust:
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. It supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped 800,000 young people since 1976 and supports over 100 more each day. Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at princes-trust.org.uk or on 0800 842 842.

About The Printing Charity:
Whatever a person’s job is or was for three years in an organisation that produces a printed output – printing, publishing, packaging, operating presses, driving, cleaning, advertising, photography, journalism, graphic arts, making or recycling paper – The Printing Charity helps people of all ages and their families. This is not an exhaustive list of the jobs the Charity covers and a person does not have to have worked in the industry for three consecutive years or with the same employer. 

See www.theprintingcharity.org.uk for more information and follow on Twitter @printingcharity
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