When he was younger, Gino made a career change into the print industry, typesetting and machine blocking as a machine operator. He picked up new skills quickly and thoroughly enjoyed his new role. The industry meant a great deal to him, and he was a long-term member of the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades (SOGAT) Union, now part of Unite.
He remained in the print industry for 34 years, including working in the printing firm founded by his brother, reaching the position of main machine operator. Sadly, an accident led to him spending a long time in hospital and, as a result of the injuries, was declared medically retired. This outcome came as a huge blow to him. “I loved that job,” he recalls. “I miss the work.”
Support for people in print
When he could no longer work, Gino was confronted by significant financial challenges. In the first instance he called Age Concern (now Age UK), and was signposted by them to the Printing Charity when they learnt about his extensive print history.
“I rang the charity and explained that I was in a dire financial situation,” he explains. “At the time, I used the money to buy food, and I still do this today. The help the Printing Charity provides keeps me going.”
As well as financial support, the Printing Charity has been there to help Gino with unexpected bills for necessities which otherwise he would not be able to afford. These include replacing crucial kitchen appliances, supplying new glasses and providing a special chair for physical problems he still suffers as a result of his accident.
It starts with a conversation
“If you’ve put your time into the printing industry, I would 100% encourage you to get in touch with the Printing Charity and talk to them about your situation,” he urges. “I wholeheartedly recommend it, no matter what your role in print was – just get in touch. There will be some way in which they can help you.”
As Gino says, please get in touch. Finding out how we can help starts with a conversation. Please e-mail email@example.com or contact our friendly team Monday – Friday in office hours on 01293 542 820.