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.


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. – a help with bills guide, tips, links and other resources. – 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

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 (

Peabody is also offering drop-in sessions for support regarding housing or benefit checks. Find the dates and venues here – Peabody drop-ins

Food services

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 –


Warm hubs

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.

Winter Resilience

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 or call 01255 425692.

Cost of Living Report

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 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
-Frail elderly
-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.

Food Support and Winter Warmth Essentials Fund

Community Chest Fund – Micro grants

Community Winter Warmth and Welcome Fund

Essex County Council

Household Support Fund

Community Challenge Fund


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