Apply for Welfare

How to apply for help

Prior to applying for help, please read the information below.

We recognise that if you are considering applying to NewstrAid for support that you are going through a very challenging time. We will do our best to make the process as efficient as possible whilst being empathetic to your situation.

It is important you read the guidance notes carefully to determine your eligibility. Also, if you don’t provide the correct documentation it will slow down your application.


The application platform is provided by our trusted partner, Lightning Reach, which uses secure technology to make the application process as quick and safe as possible for you.

It’s a simple 4 step process which should take you approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

  1. Register and complete your profile here.
  2. When asked to provide details of your work history, make sure to select Newspaper and Magazine Sales and Distribution (retail, wholesale, circulation) from the Industry drop down list to ensure you are matched to NewstrAid.
  3. Once you’ve completed your profile, you should receive a support match to NewstrAid. Click ‘continue’ to complete and submit your application.
  4. Provide your supporting evidence and submit your application to NewstrAid.

The profile you create on the Lightning Reach portal can also help you to find and apply for support from other organisations easily and securely. We recommend that you submit your application to NewstrAid first before submitting applications to other organisations.

For help with completing your application, visit Lightning Support and search for ‘NewstrAid’ or contact the NewstrAid Welfare Team on 0800 917 8616.

What happens next?
Once we have received your application we will come back to you with any further questions, after which your case will be considered by the NewstrAid Welfare Committee who will decide if we can help and in what capacity.

We will do our very best to assess your application as soon as we can, but please be mindful that these are very challenging times with many people seeking help.

The application form itself is not a guarantee of help. Each application will be treated on a case-by-case basis and with the duty of care it deserves.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at  or call 0800 917 8616.