Thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors and supporters we have so far raised a record £270,000 for this year’s Surviving Winter Appeal. As the temperature continues to plummet and with the need to stay safely locked down at home, supporting a individual’s mental and psychical wellbeing is more important that ever. Already this winter, we have helped heat almost 500 homes, and provide additional advice to help people stay warm stay well and connected. However, it is so important that we reach many more vulnerable people in need as quickly as possible.
Those who are eligible for support will receive a contribution towards their gas/electric or oil heating costs. The process to access support is simple and quick, with eligibility based on the household or individuals circumstances, including:
• Income and savings
• Debt or arrears on an energy bill
• Disabilities and long-term health conditions
Those families who are eligible for free school meals are also likely to meet the criteria.
This programme is administered centrally for Suffolk by Ipswich’s Citizens Advice Bureau who should be contacted directly on 01473 219770. In addition to support with home heating, almost a third of applicants this year are also receiving additional support from Citizens Advice as result of their call.
Reviving Our Communities Fund
£500K available now to Suffolk charities, community groups and social enterprises. Grants available are between £1k and £5K.
In addition to our established voluntary sector partners, many new groups and local initiatives have sprung up in response to local need. Whilst we have already funded many, we know that there are still more that may not know that they are able to access financial help right now.
In partnership with The National Lottery, grants are available from the Reviving Our Communities Fund to support local charities and groups with an annual income of £250K or less, addressing needs throughout Suffolk.