Improving Lives

Helping you

Supporting you and your family

We’re here to improve the lives of former coal miners and their families. We understand the struggles faced by those in former coal mining communities. We help you overcome some of the barriers you come up against and support you to lead a better quality life.

We support you through our tailored services, providing packages of support free of charge. Our support is available to former mineworkers, their wives, partners, widows and any dependent children with a disability.

Through our bespoke service, we aim to enhance living conditions, maintain independence and reduce social isolation.

Each led by a qualified Social Worker, our experienced teams offer:

  • A confidential home visiting service to provide advice and support across a range of issues.
  • Advocacy to support and enable people to express their views and concerns, and defend and promote their rights and responsibilities, including access to information and services.
  • Emotional support at times of personal difficulty, including loss and bereavement, illness and caring responsibilities.
  • Assistance to complete welfare benefit applications and industry related associated compensation schemes.
  • Advice on mining related issues including illness and disability.
  • Help people to access mobility equipment including walking aids and wheelchairs.
  • Reducing loneliness and social isolation through our social centre and community focused projects.
  • Support at times of exceptional hardship to access grants through CISWO or financial assistance through other agencies and charities.
  • Access to holidays and convalescence at locations across the UK
  • Support to access educational grants for former miners and their dependents through CISWO

If you would like to hear more about these services, or talk to us about receiving support, please contact us. Further support is available from partner agencies through our further help and resources page below. We also work with miners' welfare charities in your area to help them thrive - find your local charity through our map facility.  

Further Help & Resources

Our Work In Numbers

What we achieved in 2023


People received our support


Local mining charities provided with support and guidance


Worth of additional income for beneficiaries

£ 168 k+

In grants given away to individuals

£ 98 k

In funds invested in other charities

We've Been Busy

Latest news

Workshops for Miners' Welfares

  CISWO has been engaging with miners' welfare trustees through a series of workshops aimed ...

Miners' Welfare Newsletter 6

The sixth edition of our Miners' Welfare Newsletter is now available to read. In this ...

Education Grant Support

Applications are now open for the CISWO Education Grant to help support former mineworkers and ...

Support for Markham Miner’s Welfare

  CISWO recently embarked on a project aiming to transform the facilities and services ...

Get In Touch

How can we help you?

01709 728 115

*Indicates mandatory field