Gifts Today magazine

The GA and The Benevolent Society

The Benevolent Society is The Giftware Association's connected charity, both supporting industry members who have fallen on hard times, and helping those who are embarking on a career in the industry

What is The Benevolent Society?
The Benevolent Society is the charitable society of the British Allied Trades Federation, covering the giftware, jewellery, surface engineering and travelgoods and accessories industries.

What does The Benevolent Society do?
The charity financially assists individuals who have previously worked in the industries covered by the British Allied Trades Federation and have fallen on hard times, and those who are embarking on or progressing careers in the industries.

Over the last year they have paid out £44,146 in grants to needy beneficiaries, many of whom are unable to meet their essential living costs.

Raised £34,687 from the industries’ annual charity ball
Awarded bursaries totalling £25,998 to students within the BATF industries

Received £30,201 in donations from members of the British
Allied Trades Federation

Annabel Large was one of the first students to be awarded a bursary from the Benevolent Society in 2016. Her bursary enabled her to study on the BA Design for Industry course at the School of Jewellery Birmingham City University.
Annabel is now working within the bespoke design department of Charles Green and Son in Birmingham.

'As a result of receiving the bursary I was able to create a fine jewellery collection that was to an industry level standard,' says Annabel. 'The bursary enabled me to work in precious metals, utilse my skills and passion for 3D printing and market and brand my collection. My degree collection secured me a place as one of International Jewellery London’s (IJL) Bright Young Gems in August 2017.

'As a result of my participation in 'Bright Young Gems' IJL I was offered a job as a CAD designer at Hockley Mint where I gained more experience in working in a fast paced CAD environment, costing bespoke work and 3D printing waxes for production and in February 2018 I started working in the bespoke design department at Charles Green & Son.

'As a result of this initial bursary support I am now working in the jewellery industry and further developing my skills in design and new product development. I am grateful for this support from the Benevolent Society and I look forward to developing my skills further throughout my career.'

If you are interested in supporting The Benevolent Society or require assistance from them please contact Laura Banner on 0121 236 2657

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