THOSE THAT WORKED IN THE DISTRIBUTION TRADE
The Association assists people who were – or continue to be – engaged in non-manual occupations within the coal trade and allied industries or who were employed by a coal merchant.
This support also extends to their surviving spouse and families.
Assistance is provided through our nationwide network of voluntary case visitors, supported by their local Association branches. Our beneficiaries are visited regularly and often it is this personal contact which is so important to those who may otherwise have little or no contact with former friends and colleagues within the industry they were employed.
The Association offers a wide range of grants on the basis of need; for example with help towards regular costs such as telephone or broadband internet bills, televisions, respite holidays and providing assistance with fuel payments during the winter months. For those struggling to make ends meet a small weekly grant towards living costs are considered by the Trustees. Grants are also available for one off items and capital costs such as stair-lifts, for conversion of bathrooms to wet rooms, for repairs and other adaptations to homes or providing or maintaining mobility equipment.
Applications receive prompt and confidential consideration by the Association.