The Printing Charity’s Chairman, Jon Wright, announced at its 190th Annual General Meeting on 13 June at St Bride Foundation, London, that the charity helped 1,646 people in 2016, an increase of 44 per cent from 2015.
The figure included 496 people helped through welfare grants; 98 residents in its two sheltered homes for retired people; 537 young people through its education work; 439 people with CV and job search training; and 76 through charity partnerships.
Jon Wright said: “The charity meets a very real need and we are committed to extending our reach through our welfare and education work, as well as building stronger industry links. Being accessible underpins all our initiatives to increase the number of people we help in a meaningful way year-on-year.”
At the AGM Jon Wright and Steve Sibbald were elected as The Printing Charity’s chairman and deputy chairman respectively for a fifth term, Pauline Blake, Internal Audit Director at FT Limited, was elected as honorary treasurer, and the appointments of Brett Lawrence and Peter Coley as trustees were confirmed.
Guest speaker at the event, Georgia Irving, (pictured above with charity chief executive Neil Lovell), who is currently in the first year of a paper making apprenticeship at Iggesund Paperboard Ltd, shared insights into her apprenticeship with guests, who included the Rt Hon the Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, the charity’s 2017 President, and people from the printing, publishing and packaging industries.
Three MA students at the London College of Communication, Linlin Pan, Szuyun Chang and Yinyu Chen, designed the charity’s 190th Annual Report.
The project was part of the charity’s education work giving young people joining the industry practical experience of a real design brief.