Licensed Trade Charity Welfare Grants

In 2016, Licensed Trade Charity Support & Care helped 12 people (7 awards) as a result of the grant kindly being donated by the Worshipful Company of Innholders.

The Licensed Trade Charity Support & Care provides a wide range of support to help people overcome difficult circumstances and get their lives back on track. Our direct support includes access to housing and befriending as well as financial help.

Our regular financial support helps those on low incomes to pay essential household bills. Our one-off grants help people facing a wide variety of difficult circumstances; these could include, life changing illness, bereavement, homelessness and financial hardship.

People asking for financial help need to have worked for 5 years continuously in the licensed drinks trade. People who are facing difficult situations can call our free helpline for advice and information. It’s open every day of the year from 8am-8pm. If financial help is required, then we will chat things through with the applicant and then match them up with one of our trained volunteer visitors. We have 3 volunteers that cover the London area. The visitor assesses the applicant’s situation, collects factual information on their financial situation and then provides a detailed report to our Support & Care committee. The committee then meets once a month to make decisions on how we can help.

Peter

Peter, aged 65 lives with his wife, son of 34 and his daughter 16. Peter had a stroke in 2000 and also has a heart condition. He is wheel chair dependant. He is a trustee and treasurer of a local disability action charity. Peter worked in the trade for many years.

Because of Peter's health needs it was recommended that he had a hospital bed. He would then be able to be hoisted out of bed.

Peter was also struggling with meeting the costs for his daughter’s 6th form clothes. His daughter also has a sight problem and was in need of a specialist laptop.

The charity agreed to award a grant of £1500 towards a specialist bed, 6th form clothes, and a specialist laptop.

David

David, aged 62, lives with his wife, aged 62, in a residential park. They have lived there for 44 years. They have good contact with their family.

David has a heart condition and high blood pressure, Joan has COPD, Diabetes and Asthma and her mobility is limited.

David was a manager in the pub trade for 20 years and really enjoyed his work.

The residential park only offers oil fired heating and gas is not allowed. Unfortunately, the boiler broke and was not covered under any grant scheme. This left the couple without heating or hot water.

The charity agreed to award a grant of £2,000 towards a replacement boiler.

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