Responding to the cost of living crisis

Three people stand outside the office of Filwood Hope Advice Centre in South Bristol who offer benefit advice, counselling and a drop-in service.Filwood Hope Advice Centre is one of four local advice organisations to already receive a grant. The money will help them support local people affected by the cost of living crisis.

9 out of 10 charities are concerned about the impact of rising costs on their beneficiaries. But did you know these same charities also face a crisis of their own?

Just when they’re needed most, as community needs and demand are surging, they face spiralling operating costs and falling donations. At Quartet we’re actively engaging with these charities to find out how we can best use our resources.

With many local households struggling to pay their bills, we’re initially focusing our support on advice organisations offering frontline support. Many are being inundated with calls seeking help.

As we saw during the Covid crisis, a strong, local, voluntary sector can do so much to support local people. Once out of crisis, it can help people address some of the root causes of their challenges and live empowered, independent lives. But it needs resourcing.

Four grants already benefiting local projects

Grants are helping the four advice organisations below boost already stretched services.

  • Talking Money: £10,000 towards a Money Advice Caseworker. Project will support people experiencing poverty to manage their finances
  • Filwood Hope: £5,500 towards core funding so they can continue providing advice to local South Bristol residents
  • Age UK South Gloucestershire: £10,000 for the Information and Advice service, supporting older people
  • Age UK Bristol: £7,500 part-funding for a specialist Advice Worker to provide in-depth advice for older people.

With help from our supporters we can reach many more local charities.

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