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Support and Help Resources in the Cost of Living Crisis

A list of external organisations and other sources of support to help save money, boost income and more.

Last updated: 23 March 2023

We continue to update this page as and when additional resources become available.

Government resources

Financial help and advice

Specialised advice

Food and living

  • Find a Food Bank by Trussell Trust. If you're struggling to afford the essentials or need advice and support you can call one of their free helplines too.
  • OLIO connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away.
  • Too Good to Go is an anti-food waste app that lets you rescue unsold food from businesses to save it from going to waste.
  • Warm Spaces is an online directory of 'warm banks', designed to signpost anyone in need of warmth, to a warm space to share with others.
  • Holy Sepulchre London offers a Warm Welcome Space. During opening hours, all are welcome to come in, be warm and enjoy a hot drink. People are welcome to sit in the main Church sanctuary, Compassion Corner which has comfortable sofas and Harmony Zone with tables and chairs.

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No one knows how long the cost of living crisis will last. From parental grants, to the Benevolent Fund, you can get help when you're in need.

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