Over £37,000 handed to organisations helping with cost of living

Published: Thu 15th December, 2022

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Organisations supporting residents with the rising cost of living have been awarded over £37,000 from Charnwood Borough Council.

As part of its Charnwood Community Action campaign, the Council has provided grant funding to help partners increase capacity, continue providing advice and information and support warm spaces in the borough.

Cllr Leigh Harper-Davies, lead member for community support said: “We know how concerned residents are about the rising cost of living, especially as we move further into winter.

“Through Charnwood Community Action, the Council is co-ordinating and signposting the support available.

"We also have a fantastic network of community and charitable organisations in the borough which have seen an increase in demand for their services. The grant funding will help partners continue to provide support to residents during this difficult time.

“In addition, there is a great amount of information, advice and useful links on the Council’s website. I would encourage anyone who may have concerns to have a look at the information available and get the support they need.”

The Council has awarded Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland, a £10,000 grant to provide advice and support to more people in Charnwood.

Citizens Advice Charnwood has also received around £10,000 to increase resource in its money advice team.

The charity which offers free, confidential and independent advice on subjects including debt, benefits and employment will be supporting residents with applications to charitable and government schemes and energy related issues.

A number of projects also looking to offer warm spaces were awarded grants including £3,000 to the Sacred Heart Church in Loughborough and around £1,750 was given to The Coffee Shop at Birstall Methodist Church.

Organisations which have been awarded grants to provide cost of living support include:

  • Citizens Advice Charnwood - £10,057
  • Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland - £10,000
  • Equality Action - £10,000
  • Sacred Heart Church - £3,000
  • Falcon Support Services - £2,000
  • The Coffee Shop - Birstall Methodist Church - £1,750
  • New Life Community Church - £1,000

The Council awards Charnwood Grants every year to a wide range of organisations across the borough, as part of its commitment to create healthy communities.

For more information about what support is available to help with cost of living issues, please visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/cca