How we help How we help Established in 1837, we provide care and support to former, current and future book trade people in need with grants and housing. We work on the principle that age, health or financial means shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving an enjoyable quality of life and welcome former book trade people to live at The Retreat and Bookbinders Cottages. We provide a wide range of support through grants for re-training, living with a disability, medical need and other circumstances brought about by redundancy, sickness or other life events. Recent mergers with Matthew Hodder Charitable Trust and Bookbinders Charitable Society have enabled us to expand both the services we can offer, and the range of trades and professions from which people can apply for our support. We rely on the generosity of the book trade, the general public and caring individuals to provide vital funding. If you think we can help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Because we believe every individual has a right to the care and support they require to help them with any issues or challenges they are facing, we provide support and advice at critical times in the following areas: Illness Life skills Career progression Social Welfare Housing Provision We respect the rights, thoughts and self-determination of anyone who approaches The Book Trade Charity and confidentiality is maintained at all times.