Reporting on the Printing Charity’s 2017 performance at its recent AGM, chairman Jon Wright announced that its financial and practical support helped 1,296 people over the year. It gave out 986 welfare grants - an increase of 28% on the previous year.
This reflects the fact that some beneficiaries were helped more than once - 724 people were helped across welfare and unemployment support, and almost 500 people through its education initiatives that included a 56% increase from 2016 in the number of Print Futures Awards given.
The number helped with redundancy support was less than expected, impacting the overall number of people helped compared to 2016.
The Printing Charity is developing its services and moving away from measuring its impact solely by the number of people helped. The charity’s future measures will incorporate its impact including areas such as signposting to specialist services as well as the number of grants and interventions made.
Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s chief executive, said: “We work across two extremes, from supporting people in crisis to championing the sector we are proud to represent. We are focused on finding ways to build strong partnerships and greater awareness of the help and support we offer and 2017 shows the strides we continue to make.”