Home improvement industry charity The Rainy Day Trust has launched a free telephone helpline. The new service goes live this month and includes debt advice, counselling and legal advice.
Run in conjunction with the retailTRUST charity, the helpline is for anyone working in the home improvement industry including housewares, whether it’s in retail, wholesale or on the manufacturing side. It is available to people who have retired from the industry as well.
Rainy Day Trust general secretary Diane Stevens said: “The service exists to signpost you to the best provider for your needs: be it emotional counselling, hardship grants, debt and legal advice, career support or personal support. We all need someone to talk to when we’re experiencing problems, and the helpline is your first point of contact for help, understanding and back-up. Whatever the problem, we can help… and it’s completely free.”
The helpline advisors can offer guidance and support on a wide range of issues including managing stress at work, career support, depression, loss and bereavement, divorce and separation, consumer rights, accommodation and tenancy and legal advice.
“We can give telephone debt support through our partnerships with debt charities, for instance, helping you find the best debt solution tailored to meet your individual situation,” added Diane Stevens. “And everything covered by the helpline is free of charge, and completely confidential. Even the phone call is free.”
The Rainy Day Trust helpline number is 0808 801 0877, and the service is available from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday, and 9am to 4pm on Friday.
The Rainy Day Trust, founded in 1843, provides financial and other support for everyone working in or who has worked in the home improvement industry in any capacity. For more information about the Trust, go to www.rainydaytrust.org.uk, or call 0121 237 1130.
retailTRUST charity , founded in 1832, is the leading charity supporting current, past and future retail employees, and their families, across the whole of the retail sector.