An update on our Winter Crisis Appeal

This is our most successful Christmas appeal ever and we’re overwhelmed by the support from and for our community.

As many of you know, the rise in the cost of living has left many of our neighbours struggling to put food on the table and keep their homes warm. The local data we had from December, indicated that there were already 4,768 residents in or at risk of falling into financial crisis.

We are absolutely thrilled to let you know that with the support from local individuals, businesses and schools our Winter Crisis appeal has so far raised £218,833 thanks to your incredible generosity.  This is our most successful Christmas appeal ever and we’re overwhelmed by the support from and for our community.

The funds raised through this appeal are funding fuel bills and essential items for households in need.  Clients are offered professional advice and support to help identify ways of improving their situation permanently, for example an assessment of whether they are claiming the right benefits, or require support managing debts.

We know that this support is making a huge difference to many residents: “When Jo got in touch … he was faced with the decision of paying his fuel bills or feeding his children. He was asking family and friends for money and looking up short term loans.  Support through the Winter Crisis appeal allowed him to do both.  Jo was overwhelmed with joy and tears and the support gave him a real boost when he was ‘at his lowest’.”

In addition, we are able to support community organisations working directly with vulnerable residents to provide a warm, safe space to access services, with some providing a nutritious hot meal and wider support.  An-Nisa Community Empowerment is an organisation providing support and activities to those most excluded.  Our Winter Crisis Appeal enabled them to host a Winter Warmer event in December, providing a hot meal as well as information about foodbanks to 150 residents in need.

By April, we estimate that thanks to these donations, 2,631 residents in the borough will have received financial support, advice or access to a warm space.

We are continuing to fundraise as we know that there are still cold months ahead.  If you would like to donate to help a neighbour in need, particularly if you don’t need your £400 government fuel subsidy, please do so here.