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TTBS appeals for Committee members, Beneficiary visitors and new applications for assistance
19th February 2018

TTBS appeals for Committee members, Beneficiary visitors and new applications for assistance

Following a recent discussion at the TTBS Board of Management February meeting in Birmingham, the Timber Trades’ Benevolent Society is appealing for industry support on a number of aspects of their work.

There are nine Regional committees covering Scotland, North East & Cumbria, Yorkshire & Humberside, Midlands, London, Home Counties & East Anglia, Southern, South Wales, Bristol & Western Counties and the North West. These Committees are represented on the main Board of Management and are responsible for organising numerous fantastic social events in their regions and most importantly, visiting the Beneficiaries in their area to ensure a “local” connection.

The Society would be pleased to hear from any timber industry members who would be prepared to give a little of their personal time to join one of the Regional Committees and/or be prepared to act as Beneficiary visitors.

The Society is always seeking out additional Beneficiaries to assist and would also be pleased to consider new applications from any ex timber trade employee who might need assistance, having retired on a low income or having fallen on hard times due to long term illness. Any applicants need to have served at least 5 to 10 years in the timber industry proper, be an ex employee of accredited TRA members, engineered timber companies or preservative plant operating companies.

In 2017, the Society provided over £147,000 in benefits & grants to their Beneficiaries and has capacity to expand the number of recipients.

Historically, most of referrals & applications have come from timber companies, SSAFA, RBL and from existing Beneficiaries who keep in touch with old friends & colleagues from their work places. However, the Society feels that more could be done by companies to inform their retirees of the availability of help from the “timber trades own charity”, this particularly applies to HR departments, who invariably are the final contact with retiring or long term sick employees.

Please contact Ivan Savage TTBS General Manager & National President

Email: or Tel: 08448 922205 for further information.