Plea to help pit villages

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AN organisation has reaffirmed its pledge to support those who were employed by the collieries and the communities around them.

The Coal Industry Welfare Organisation (CISWO) helps deal with the health issues, disabilities and financial problems left behind by the closure of the pits, as well as problems caused by increasing age and social isolation,

The charity’s social work team has made 1,350 confidential home visits, helping 917 families, so far this year, accessed just more than £450,000 through benefits advice, including payments for mining related illnesses.

It also runs convalescent homes, helping 509 enjoy breaks up to this month, offers grants to allow former workers and family members to take education courses and works alongside the North East Area Miners Social Welfare Trust Fund to support projects.

Vincent Clements, CISWO’s regional manager, said: “We can do more and want to do more to help those who were employed in the industry and who might need our help, perhaps this is you.”

CISWO can be called on 477 7242.