GroceryAid is the national charity that helps people across the whole of the grocery industry – from the largest factory, through the supply chain, to the smallest store. The charity currently helps more than 14,500 colleagues and will spend in excess of £4.7M on welfare support this year.
The help that GroceryAid offers can make a very real difference and is available to colleagues working in the industry today as well as those who have retired. People experience difficulties in many ways and the charity has developed services to provide;
Crisis support might be securing a safe haven for somebody fleeing domestic violence, settling rent arrears to keep a grocery colleague in their home or funding a household repair.
Financial assistance not only includes ongoing support, it can also provide winter heating allowances and essential items such as beds, cookers and fridge freezers that many of us take for granted.
The 24/7 Helpline (online and freephone 08088 021122) provides problem solving and emotional support for a range of topics; including counselling services; relationship support, career advice, basic legal matters, financial advice and debt management, advice for carers and a telephone befriending service. Specialist counsellors are also available for those who have experienced a traumatic incident.
The support that GroceryAid gives is only possible as a result of the fantastic support that the industry itself provides. There are many ways that you can get involved and help, from attending one of our events, taking on a personal fundraising challenge or by volunteering your time.