Welcome to the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation

Primary Objective

A national charity supporting former miners and their families with help and advice to alleviate disadvantage arising from disability, ill health or financial hardship.

Education News

In the 2015/2016 academic year the Trustees of CISWO and the Miners’ Welfare National Educational Fund provided assistance to 175 students totalling £289,590. of the Organisation’s Personal Welfare Service.

Impact January To March 2016

Through regionally based staff teams the quality of life of many mining beneficiaries has been enhanced. In the first quarter of 2016 we have carried out over 2500 home visits.

This level of visits suggests that this year will be the busiest in our history as a charity.

Members of the Personal Welfare Service secured Income Maximisation for elderly mining beneficiaries during the first quarter of £1,125,879 and Trustees approved grant expenditure totaling £165,359 for the relief of need to mining clients based on reports submitted from members

As part of our national campaign to contact former miners and their widows we have now sent out in excess of 61,000 letters to those receiving a mineworker's pension.

A modest impact has been achieved through the support and advice which the Organisation provides to the trustees of a number of recreational charities established on mining trusts which enables extensive recreational participation in former mining communities.


From 1 January 2017 administrative support to Cumbria and the North East will be delivered from our Pontefract Office. The Organisation's Personal Welfare Service staff will continue to operate in Cumbria and the North East as before.

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We have offices across the country to help and support people nationwide


We offer a range of support services including home visits, benefits checks, grants and advise


There a range of convalescence breaks for you to choose from provided by various charities