Help at hand for mining families

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A MINERS’ charity is offering its support to families and communities in Northumberland.

The Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation (CISWO) offers a number of services and various support to mineworkers and their families.

The charity seeks to improve social inclusion in former coalfield communities and provides advice and assistance on health, finance and personal issues.

Last year it dealt with 496 new referrals, while its social work team made 1,149 home visits and provided support to 924 families.

So far this year, it has helped people claim more than £300,000 in benefits and payments for mining-related illnesses.

The organisation also administers a number of convalescent homes, makes grants for education courses and has helped to secure £30million for regeneration projects.

Regional Manager Vincent Clements said: “We can do more and want to do more to help those who were employed in the industry and who might need our help.”

For more information about the charity telephone 0191 4777242 or visit www.ciswo.org.uk