Rainy Day Trust: here to help

Staff affected by shop closures may be eligible for help from the industry charity Rainy Day Trust (RDT).

Bryan Clover, chief executive officer of RDT, said: “While we are always able to help affected staff members with direct financial assistance, we can also help them in other ways.

“Our training support can help with new courses to re-skill or up-skill. We can pay for CV writing advice, as well as give advice on housing debt or other legal issues if needed.

“But what we do isn’t just targeted at staff members. Businesses too can benefit as we can work with them in the early days of a restructure, allowing the company to support staff more effectively. By getting us engaged earlier, we can save companies’ money and energy.

“Importantly, we have an emergency grant programme that can respond very quickly if someone is made redundant unexpectedly. It can be a stressful time and our free counselling service can take away a lot of the worry. We are your charity, so use us.”

RDT operates across three sectors (builders merchants, DIY & hardware and housewares & tabletop) which have a combined turnover of more than £50 billion and employ close to 500,000 people. It is the only charity which exists solely to help people who have worked in these industries, including DIY shops, hardware stores, builders merchants, garden centres, cookshops, and all the manufacturers, distributors and retailers in the UK who supply them.

Contact RDT on 0203 192 0486 or go to www.rainydaytrust.org to find out more.

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