• "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



Dear Colleagues,

We find ourselves in extraordinary circumstances as we face the effects of the influence of the Coronavirus Pandemic which will impact on every person both in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

I am writing to raise awareness and re-assure the meat industry that BDCI is here to provide essential financial support to those who need it.

The support is available subject to eligibility by completing a straightforward application form; we have staff available to assist with this if it is necessary.

The roots of BDCI go back almost 200 years, we are the Meat Industrys own charity, dedicated to supporting those from the industry who need help. So, please spread the word that we are here and are just a phone-call or e-mail away.



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

Applications for Assistance
Fundraising, News and Events
BDCI's Festival Dinner Postponed

The BDCI Trustees have been keeping a watching brief on the development and progress of the COVID 19 pandemic and has sadly reached the decision to postpone the 2020 Festival Dinner due to be held in the Autumn. This decision was not taken lightly, but is based on the uncertainty of when the country will be free to revert to a normal social life. We consider it better to announce our decision as soon as possible. We also take this opportunity to remind industry that we are here to help those who need assistance during this difficult time.

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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