If you’re feeling Blue this January, Speak to the Licensed Trade Charity

With the cost-of-living crisis biting and the hospitality industry facing continued challenges, it can be a tough time to work in the drinks trade, with many of our colleagues finding it harder than ever to make ends meet, impacting on the mental and physical wellbeing of so many drinks professionals. However, the Licensed Trade Charity can help, with dedicated services offering emotional support, specialist advice or financial grants available for free to all charity users. Whether you’re a server or sous-chef, bartender or brewer, the Licensed Trade Charity is expertly placed to get you back to your best, whatever you’re going through.

Help is on Hand

Founded in 1793, the Licensed Trade Charity has been helping drinks people for over 200 years, however, the work the charity does for the industry has never been more important. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, LTC has supported over 120,000 people facing a crisis with practical, emotional and financial support, but there are plenty of people across our much-loved industry still struggling. Therefore, the charity’s ambition going into 2023 is to spread the word even further about the grants and services it can provide so that it can help even more people in need across the drinks trade.

First port of call

Central to the Licensed Trade Charity’s service is its invaluable 24-hour free helpline that is there day and night to give people the support they need, whenever they need it. Many reach out to the LTC helpline for support with their mental wellbeing, with the charity providing practical guidance and emotional support. However, the helpline, app and website are vital first steps, allowing the Licensed Trade Charity to assess the care needed for its users. Many of its beneficiaries come first through the helpline and then speak to specialists trained to Citizens Advice level or trained counsellors for support in all areas of social, mental wellbeing and financial aid who will provide help on a confidential basis.

Back on Track

Anyone can be confronted with challenging times and everyone in the industry deserves help when they do. The spectrum of support drinks people can receive from the Licensed Trade Charity is vast, it really is a one stop shop, covering everything from employment advice to one off grants up to £5,000 that might go towards helping with rent arrears, having a new washing machine fitted or providing new school uniform for children. Of course, the level of support industry professionals can receive is dependent upon length of service and grants are means tested but all resources are completely free. The charity even runs three fully funded independent schools, providing education to many children from the sector. Through its bank of specialists and dedicated staff, the Licensed Trade Charity is perfectly positioned to stop an issue turning into a crisis.

Reach out and let the Licensed Trade Charity help you get back to your best.  

You can find out more about the Licensed Trade Charity by visiting its website https://www.licensedtradecharity.org.uk/ or by downloading the charity’s app.

The Licensed Trade Charity helpline is 0808 801 0550.

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