1 What is the Journalists’ Charity and what do you do?

We are a charity that provides practical and financial support to journalists. For more information about the Journalists’ Charity, please visit About Us.

2 Who do you help?

We are here for journalists, former journalists and their dependants who, because of sickness, accident or other unforeseen circumstances, need help.

Our criteria to be eligible for financial help from the Charity is that you must have worked as a journalist in the UK or for a UK organisation for at least 2 continuous years out of the last 5 years or for 7 years in total (if not current) and journalism was the main source of your income during that period.

3 What sort of help do you give?

The kind of help depends on individual circumstances and falls into two categories:

  • Retirement housing and homes.
  • Financial help.
  • Financial help can be in the form of regular financial support or a one-off cash grant.
  • Our aim is to give financial support in times of need. However, we cannot subsidise those who, in the long term, find it difficult to make a living from journalism unless through illness or other misfortune. Nor do we offer grants to subsidise an existing lifestyle.
4 How do I make contact with the Journalists’ Charity?

To make an initial enquiry, complete the Contact Us form or contact us by email at or telephone 01306 88711.

5 After initial contact with the Journalists’ Charity, what happens?

We will send you an application form and discuss with you how we may be able to help.

6 If my application is accepted, how long will it take before I begin to receive help?

The process can take between two and six weeks. This depends on the date of the next meeting of the council (trustees), the completeness of the information you provide and the complexity of your request.


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