The Printing Charity – Here to help

A charity with a near 200-year history, The Printing Charity is here to help support those working in or connected to the print, paper, publishing, packaging, and graphic arts sectors. Much has changed in the sector over the years but their aim of reaching those in need to offer practical, emotional, and financial support remains the same.

 

Over the last year, the charity has been increasing the roll out of a sector-wide, 24/7 free and confidential helpline. Designed to offer big employer support to small businesses, their helpline provides practical and emotional support when its needed, all day, every day. This means that those who work in the industry, or those who have retired from it, can have access to BACP accredited counsellors, who can support with emotional wellbeing and mental health, alongside Citizen’s Advice trained specialists who offer practical advice and support on any subject you might imagine.

The value of being able to talk to someone, no matter how big or small the issue, is powerful. Mental health is becoming more recognised as a problem by employees, with Mind having reported that at least one in six workers is experiencing common mental health concerns, including anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, mental health can still be seen as a taboo subject, but the charity is trying to help break the stigma around talking about life’s challenges and reaching out to seek help with their offering. There are no silver bullets to the challenges of dealing with mental health but having a friendly voice at the end of the phone to talk to is a good first step. 

More than ever, employers have a responsibility to be looking after their staff and promoting positive mental health. Access to the helpline is being rolled out by the charity via employers, and already they have over 90 companies offering the telephone service to their employees – from the largest with thousands of employees, to the more typical, with 50 to 70. Figures from Mind’s research showed that 56% of employers said they would like to do more to improve staff wellbeing but don’t feel they have the right training or guidance. This is where the charity’s helpline can offer an easy access route to support for employees, from trained and knowledgeable advisors, taking the stress away from employers who may not know how to respond when someone is facing a challenge or crisis.

Reach Printing Services are proud to offer their employees access to this fantastic service and would really encourage other businesses to take advantage of the helpline for staff wellbeing.

If you think this service could be of value to you and your employees, please visit www.theprintingcharity.org.uk/our-helpline or email helpline@theprintingcharity.org.uk to get in touch. Their dedicated team will be happy to tell you more about the service and support you with a roll out.

Aside from their helpline, financial support is also offered by the Charity for everyday expenditure or one-off costs where the applicant falls below a minimum income standard and cannot afford to make ends meet. A holistic approach is taken to reviewing applications and they look to support positive change, for example, applicants gaining employment.  The Printing Charity also signpost to a large number of other likeminded support organisations they have connections to.

Located in Basildon and Bletchley, the charity have two sheltered homes, for those over 60 who have retired from the industry. The homes offer a safe and friendly community environment for people to live independently whilst knowing support is on hand if it is needed.  This year, the charity has undertaken a multimillion-pound upgrade project on them to enhance the quality of living space for residents.

Championing the future of our sector is also a key part of the charity’s activities. Every year, they run the sector’s largest single awards programme, recently rebranded as the Rising Star Awards. These awards grant in the region of 100 young people aged 18 to 30, funds of up to £1500 each to invest in their training and development to help them reach their potential and make the sector their long-term career pathway.

There really is something on offer for everyone from The Printing Charity, whether you are entering the industry, working within it, or retiring from it. Visit their website, www.theprintingcharity.org.uk to find out more, and follow them on social media @printingcharity

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