Cost of Living Advice
Cost of Living Support
We understand what a worrying time this is with rising utility bills, food and goods prices causing concern and pressure to families across Tendring. To help, we have compiled this page of information and links to help you find the support you need, whether that is grants or financial support, money saving tips, support schemes, or food banks.
This November, SNEE Financial Wellbeing is offering a series of webinars that provide you with the knowledge and tools to achieve your financial goals.
Nov 24th 12.30pm -Managing and growing your wealth – Discover the resources and opportunities available for long-term financial security CLICK HERE
Nov 27th 9.30am – Managing debt – Get back on track financially and discover what debt support systems are available CLICK HERE
Nov 28th 3.30pm – Coping with the cost of living – Understand the rising cost of living, and how you can plan your finances to reduce the impact. CLICK HERE
Nov 29th 12.30pm – A beginner’s guide to investing – Learn the basics of investing, from investment advice to risk appetite and market volatility. CLICK HERE
Nov 30th 9.30am – Retirement – Plan ahead for your future by understanding pension schemes and retirement forecasting. CLICK HERE
Where to go for help and advice?
The Government has launched a website offering information on income support, help with energy bills, childcare costs, housing support, transport costs, as well as discounts and offers from businesses such as supermarkets, retailers, utility providers and travel called: Help for Households – Get government cost of living support.
There is also some helpful advice available on these websites:
Energy Saving Trust – offering tips on how to save money on your energy bills.
Sustainable Warmth Scheme – Essex County Council – grants for energy efficient home improvements.
www.warmhomesessex.org.uk – a help with bills guide, tips, links and other resources.
www.essex.gov.uk/news/cost-of-living – offering information on support schemes, fund and support services. Or you can download this Cost of Living Support brochure from Essex County Council – Cost of Living Support PDF.
Want to know how much energy your appliances use? GoCompare has developed an interactive energy cost calculator tool – try it out here https://www.gocompare.com/gas-and-electricity/guide/energy-calculator/
If you need support to find out what help you could be eligible for then contact these organisations:
CVST’s Social Prescribing Team – Social Prescribing – CVS Tendring
Age Well East – Advice and information – Age Well East
Citizen’s Advice Tendring – Get advice — Tendring (cabtendring.org)
Peabody is also offering drop-in sessions for support regarding housing or benefit checks. Find the dates and venues here – Peabody drop-ins
For Tendring residents struggling to afford food, there are a number of foodbanks across the district as well as Foodcycle in Clacton.
You can view a list of foodbanks, with links and contact details, in Tendring here – www.cvstendring.org.uk/cost-of-living/foodbanks-and-foodcycle/
Organisations and centers across Tendring are offering spaces as Warm Hubs for the winter. Access to a warm hub is free, with refreshments on offer at a cost.
You can view the warm hubs directory here – A Guide to Warm Hubs.
CVST is offering winter warmer items to Tendring residents. Visit the Resilience page for information and winter warmer collection points.
Support for voluntary organisations and community groups
CVST is supporting voluntary sector organisations helping the community through the Cost of Living Crisis.
Cost of Living Crisis Action Meetings are being held monthly at Sam’s Hall, Imperial House, Rosemary Road, Clacton. CVST welcomes other voluntary sector and community organisations as well as local authorities and NHS partners to share ideas, support and projects. For more information or to attend email email@example.com or call 01255 425692.
Grants and funding
There are currently two grants available for organisations supporting residents this winter.
Sector Sustainability Utility Support
Grants of up to £500 are available to help voluntary and community organisations meet rising utility costs this winter.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and an application pack for this fund.
Seasonal Resilience Grants
Applications, of between £500 and £2,000, are open to community groups, charities, social enterprises and organisations that support:
-People living in poor housing, temporary housing, homeless
-People with Long Term Health Conditions
-Children/families living in poor housing
Visit Funding – CVS Tendring for more information on current CVST grants and how to apply.
Essex Association of Local Councils
The EALCs has a number of funding streams and grants available for community and voluntary organisations.
Essex County Council
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