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Casual Drivers - Pontefract

CISWO operates a local day centre in Pontefract, for individuals from former mining communities. The Thornycroft Centre delivers a range of activities and interventions, alongside opportunities to socialise and a meal for beneficiaries. Drivers transport beneficiaries to and from the facility by minibus. The Centre is open from 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.

To apply click here.

Social Work Assistant - Pontefract (with travel required)

We are currently recruiting for a Social Work Assistant, whose role will be to provide a high quality, community based, advice and support service for former miners and their dependents who may be experiencing health issues, disability, financial or emotional issues. Working in former mining communities, the service is delivered predominantly on an individual basis within client’s homes but may also include group work within community venues.

To apply click here.

Thornycroft Centre - Pontefract

Our Thornycroft site is a social centre helping to alleviate loneliness and isolation in our mining community, we are open 5 days a week Monday to Friday regularly hosting community events, workshops and classes. We are located at

Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation
Yorkshire Coalfield Resource Centre, Halfpenny Lane
Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF8 4AY
Tel: 01977 703384

For more information on the events we run follow our Facebook page by clicking here.


In the 2016/2017 academic year the Trustees of CISWO and the Miners’ Welfare National Educational Fund provided assistance to 176 students totaling £287,080. To see if you're eligible for a grant please click here.

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We have offices across the country to help and support people nationwide


We offer a range of support services including home visits, benefits checks, grants and advise


There a range of convalescence breaks for you to choose from provided by various charities