2018 BDCI Festival Dinner
  • "I was overwhelmed by the assistance given to me by the BDCI, for their grant made such a positive difference to my life"

    Mrs Taylor
  • "I could not have started looking for work without the help I received to secure my new home. Having my own space has helped me get my life back together and make a fresh start. Thank you."

    Mr Dudley
  • "Thank you so much for helping me to obtain this wonderful chair, it has made a terrific difference to my life!"

    Mrs O'Kelly
  • "After a period of unsettlement, Mr Dunn and his young children have been allocated secure accommodation. The receipt of funds from your organisation will enable him to purchase essential household items to assist the family's resettlement into the community."

    Health Worker




The BDCI (Butchers' and Drovers' Charitable Institution) is the meat industry's own trade charity. It exists to provide support for those who work, or have previously worked, in the meat industry but have fallen on hard times, regardless of their circumstances. Widows, dependants and children may also be eligible for assistance.

Help is given in two ways:

  • One-off grants to help towards a major expense
  • Assistance towards fees in a residential or nursing home

Click here for more details

The Buddy Scheme
One of the major challenges faced by the BDCI today is building awareness amongst those who need help.

That's why we are calling on the meat industry to help spread the word to those who might benefit from the charity's support. We're looking to recruit people working in the industry to help spread the word to those who might benefit from the BDCI's support.

Click here to find out more.

Applications for Assistance
Fundraising, News and Events
BDCI, Butchers' & Drovers' Charitable Institution were out and about at Smithfield 150 over the August bank holiday weekend – the free 2-day festival to celebrate the market's 150th birthday.

BDCI also has a birthday to celebrate - 190 years of helping people who have a connection to the UK meat industry: employees, widows, dependents and other immediate family members.

Click here to find out more.

A Word of Thanks from our Beneficiaries
Each year the BDCI spends around £200,000 helping individuals in need and we are often contacted by beneficiaries asking for their expressions of heartfelt gratitude to be passed on to those who give support to the charity. Click here to read their comments.

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