The cost-of-living crisis: How we are helping

1st December 2022

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The cost-of-living crisis is having a profound impact on people’s lives as they struggle to pay their mortgage or rent and buy food, alongside rising energy bills. We also know that low-income households are most affected.

For the voluntary sector, the cost-of-living crisis has worsened an already challenging situation, as many organisations are still recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Research by the Charities Aid Foundation revealed that 82% of charity leaders are concerned about managing their bills and 35% about their ability to survive the crisis.

Charities need immediate and effective support, and we are committed to providing this, as much as we can to help organisations continue their work and support beneficiaries.

We have always recognised the importance of funding core costs to help groups deliver their services, and this is now more important than ever. As part of our immediate response, we are providing grants to help groups directly impacted by the crisis including foodbanks, warm hubs, and other cost-of-living activities with rent, utilities, volunteer and fuel expenses and salaries. We will also have a focus on supporting applications from organisations to help those most in need including foodbanks, warm hubs, and other cost-of-living activities.

To help inform our medium to long-term approach, as part of our Community Listening Project we will be contacting charities to better understand how the crisis is impacting their work, and where we need to direct our support.

Additionally, our online application form has also been updated so organisations can include information about how the crisis is affecting them.

We will share the insights from the Project as soon as it is available.

For organisations needing support, please contact us in one of the following ways:

Additional support available in Essex:

Read the Cost of Living Support resource pack for Essex organisations from Active Essex and Essex County Council.