North Wales Miners
Association Trust Ltd
Coal Industry Social Welfare
Organisation (CISWO) grew out of the Regional Welfare Committees
established by the 1920 Mining Industry Act. When the industry was
nationalised, the welfare work was incorporated into a company Limited by
Guarantee, called The Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation Ltd, that was
part of the National Coal Board. The company was the bit of the NCB that
operated “outside the gates” doing everything from helping families after a
death to funding a cricket pitch for a colliery welfare.
those days, the funds came from a levy on production and the money came in
and went out pretty quickly, hence the many welfares and some wonderful
recreation grounds that were established.
On privatisation, CISWO was set up as an independent charity with two
main aims, supervising the welfares and providing a social work service to
miners, ex-miners and their widows. We were given an endowment but any levy
on production from the newly privatised pits was to be voluntary. Guess what?
We don’t get anything from them so we have to live on our endowment.
days our main work is with ex-miners and widows and we provide a social work
service across the coalfields of England, Scotland and Wales. Our Western
Region office, which includes North Wales, is based in Stoke but we do most
of our work through home visits and a worker is in North Wales a lot of time.
We can help with anything from benefits claims, disability, grants, support
etc. We are the last national charity working with ex-miners and in these
tough times we are seeing more than ever before. A few years back we used to see 1 new
beneficiary a month in North Wales, now it is 6 or 7. If anyone reading this
is an ex-miner / widow needing help or if you know any ex-miner or widow who
needs help please tell them to contact us