Our History and Structure

Historical Perspective

Ever since the Mining Industry Act of 1920 an extensive array of welfare provision has been provided for employees in the mining industry, former employees, and the wives/widows of such individuals, together with recreational and health facilities located in mining or former mining communities. The provision has been delivered through a variety of legal structures, the current one being CISWO, a registered charity, which is governed by an incorporated charity, namely CISWO 2014.

Although the Organisation has an extensive role in relation to recreational charities established through previous grant histories current core activity is the provision of personal welfare services to mining beneficiaries which is delivered through a national staff team, and the majority of client contact is through confidential home visits. In 2015 there were 13,251 client contacts which delivered considerable practical advice and support including income maximisation figures of £4,056,166 and through modest grants available in exceptional circumstances from the Organisation a total of £678,350 was spent on the relief of need.

Future Strategic Direction

Our National Trustees have approved a concentration of activity which will facilitate the delivery of personal welfare services to individual mining beneficiaries. This service is to be known as the Organisation’s Personal Welfare Service with greater use being made of Information Technology for both data processing and communications with staff. The geographical structure of the Organisation involves 4 offices in England and one office in Scotland and one in Wales. The concentration of resources upon the personal welfare needs of mining beneficiaries will result in a reduction in the voluntary support which the Organisation is able to deliver to assist the trustees of mining recreational charities but the Trustees believe that the needs of mining beneficiaries, many of whom are disadvantaged by ill health and/or disability, is the appropriate medium term priority. This is reflected by the current profiling of the Organisation being achieved through individual correspondence being sent to every mining pensioner household in the United Kingdom.

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