Advice and support for VCFSE groups and organisations
Looking for advice, support and resources to help your group or organisation through the cost-of-living crisis? We’ve got you covered:
Funding & Income
- The Charity Commission have produced guidance around managing financial difficulties in your charity arising from cost of living pressures
- Funding and Income tips from NCVO to help secure funding
- Looking for funding support? You can find Cost of Living related grants on our Find Funding page.
- The cost-of-living crisis is inescapable for most of us. But for charities it’s also leading to a cost-of-giving crisis. How can you ask for donations when people are struggling to make ends meet? Read more.
- Utility Aid – the largest energy broker for the not-for-profit sector
- Energy Bill Relief Scheme which includes support for voluntary sector organisations
- Electricity North West have set up a free Business Extra Care Register to help reduce the impact of power cuts on business customers, which also includes Warm Spaces. If you operate a Warm Space register here.
- My Community - NAVCA has worked in collaboration with leading community sector organisations to help community groups adapt and survive under these extremely challenging conditions. This resource contains tips, tools and advice and a specialist Cost of Living Hub to get the support you need in this difficult time
- The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) have Charity Resource Hub resources to support the cost-of-living crisis including some suggestions for supporting volunteers and staff.
- Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) has collated links to reports, surveys and important data to support civil society leaders to better understand the impact of the crisis on their organisations, stakeholders and the sector at large. Read more
- This article from Charity Digital explores how charities can manage rising service demands amid the cost-of-living crisis
Key information for Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside
We're working alongside local partners to provide information for people looking for support and advice around the cost of living. This page will be updated as new information and support becomes available.
Our Community Activities Directory features a range of services and support delivered by local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations.
Oldham partners are working together to offer residents and families a little more help.
Oldham Council have put together a range of support and guidance to help you.
- Visit https://www.oldham.gov.uk/wecanhelp
- Or call 0161 770 7007 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm)
The Household Support Fund invests directly in organisations who are working closely with individuals and households in Oldham who are at risk due to the adverse impact of the cost-of-living crisis.
emergency food – and especially culturally appropriate (cash, vouchers and/or food items directly)
emergency energy or water bills / costs / oil filled radiators / electric blankets etc.
warm clothing and shoes
household furniture and white goods
household essentials items (e.g. bedding, toiletries, baby related items etc)
emergency non-energy related household bills (e.g. phone credit/data etc)
transport costs (e.g. bus passes to attend medical or public service appointments)
Greater Manchester Poverty Action has co-produced a Money Advice Referral Tool for Oldham Borough. The tool describes all the places that people can go for advice and other income maximisation support. The aim is to help people get all the money that they are entitled to, and to reduce the need for referrals to food banks, by increasing referrals to other kinds of support.
Watch a bite-sized training video explaining how to use the guide here.
Action Together and the Oldham Food Solution Network are hosting information around food support in the borough on our website.
Rochdale Council have information on what cost of living help is available, how to apply and where to go for advice.
- Visit https://www.rochdale.gov.uk/cost-living
- Or call 01706 923 685 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm). For emergency help outside of these hours, ring the Out of Hours service on 0300 202 8875 and choose option 2
This tool is for anyone in Rochdale Borough looking to do something about money matters. It will help you work out your first priority, what options there are, and who to speak to first.
In partnership with current food providers, Rochdale Council and Action Together have developed this signposting resource that will help groups, individuals and families get access to food in the borough.
Rochdale Borough Council are working with local partners, including Action Together and the wider voluntary sector, community groups and charities to deliver targeted cost of living assistance this winter.
Helping Hand Tameside is a one-stop-shop directing you to local support services and organisations.
This webpage will help you find local support services to give you a helping hand with the cost of living, your mental health and wellbeing.
- Visit https://www.tameside.gov.uk/helpinghand
- Or call Customer Services on 0161 342 8355
- You can also visit a local library for advice and help: www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries/openingtimes
Helping Hand also host Managing Your Money support: https://www.tameside.gov.uk/helpinghand/moneymanagement
Greater Manchester Poverty Action has co-produced a Money Advice Referral Tool for Tameside Borough. The tool describes all the places that people can go for advice and other income maximisation support. The aim is to help people get all the money that they are entitled to, and to reduce the need for referrals to food banks, by increasing referrals to other kinds of support.
- Find the online version at https://www.advicetameside.org.uk/referral-tool/whats-the-problem
- Download this Referral Tool as a PDF document.