We provide support and advice at critical times in the following areas:

  • Illness
  • Life skills
  • Information, Advice & Guidance
  • Social Welfare
  • Housing Provision

Critical Illness

From Multiple Sclerosis to cancer and heart disease, we have experience of supporting individuals and families through critical physical and mental illness. The charity has also supported people looking after partners with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Skills for Life

Whether it’s support with re-training after redundancy, or assistance with an e-learning course, we’re there to help people access and regain employment.

Information, Advice & Guidance

Good Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) helps people make the right learning, career and life choices. Through our confidential helpline, and access to professionals in the field volunteering their expertise, we offer impartial support which helps effective decision-making.

Information, Advice & Guidance

Social Welfare

Our social welfare response is varied, ranging from emergency payments for household repairs through to income subsidies for those on low incomes. We recently purchased an electric scooter for a former publisher, housebound through critical illness, and provided a security deposit for a bookshop worker needing to move flats.

Housing Provision

The Retreat in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, is a unique residential facility for people who have worked in book publishing, distribution or sales. Residents, primarily but not exclusively over 50, can live securely within a community of like-minded people who share a common interest.  Currently 25% of tenants are still working.

Grant Forms

Please note: these can be downloaded, printed out, completed and returned to BTBS office.

How we helpThe Retreat

The Retreat is unique in that it is the only estate dedicated to providing homes for people who have worked in book publishing, distribution or sales. Residents can live secure and within a community of like-minded people who share a common interest.