Cost of living support & resources
Over the last year, many of us have noticed increases to the cost of everyday bills. Whether this is the price of our weekly shop, filling the car with fuel, or heating our homes. Costs seem set to continue to increase, and this may cause you further strain or anxiety.
We have created this page to help you find out about and access support you might be entitled to. This page draws from information published by the Government, other charities, and the wider Church. We’ll update this page as new information that might help becomes available.
“We can reach out pastorally in partnership with others, ecumenically and people of wider good will. Sometimes it is others who might be better placed than us to deliver a wave of support. But I am hearing from the charitable sector, who are at full stretch, that it is not going to be hunger this winter but starvation. And believe me, this is not about saying the poor need to learn to cook. I would love to take you to our Pathways project in Great Yarmouth to meet those who come there. They want day-old bread, not tatties, because they can’t afford the fuel to cook the potatoes. Such is the crunch we are living in.”
The Rt Revd Bishop Graham Usher
Advice for Churches and Church communities
Find out and access support you may be entitled to. This page draws information from the government, the wider church and other charities.
Churches, other faith groups and community organisations working together to equip and support thousands of free, warm and welcoming spaces. Add yours to the map.
Energy cost grant to help PCCs cover the increased cost of heating and lighting. The Church of England is to provide £15 million for dioceses to help churches struggling to pay energy costs.
Have you thought about pew heaters or heated cushions for your church? The Parish Buying website offers products and guidance sheets to cover the questions parishes need answering before approaching suppliers.
Heating your church this winter – practical suggestions to help parishes save money and energy, along with advice for meeting clergy household energy bills.
Helping Anglican clergy and their families in times of need. If you’re struggling with clergy life or in financial difficulty, we’re here to help.
Advice and guidance for people affected by the cost of living crisis
By working to improve the energy-efficiency of the homes with the lowest EPC ratings of E, F and G, we are helping some of the most vulnerable people in Norfolk reduce their energy bills and their carbon footprint.
Run by the council in partnership with other organisations and offer practical support, advice and guidance. They can provide support and advice with benefits, housing conditions, social isolation, financial advice, plus other needs.
This charity has produced a guide for helping people maximise their income and manage their budget during the cost of living crisis. They have also published information for those finding themselves in an emergency situation.
A booklet has been produced that tells you what support is available and how to get advice. Read it here.
They have released a new handbook to provide advisers with information to help their people cope with rising fuel bills, debt and problems with fuel supply. This handbook covers the rights of gas and electricity consumers. Your fuel rights
Norwich door huggers tackle cost of fuel crisis
As people struggle with the cost of heating their homes, St Stephen’s in Norwich has launched a club where volunteers are making quilts and draught excluders.More
Initiative in Holt launched to support local people by local people
In response to the cost of living crisis and unprecedented rise in energy costs St Andrew’s Parish Church Holt has set up a charitable fund to help local people who may be struggling to meet the increase in their home fuel bills.More
Waveney church provides warm hub, company and bacon baps
St Andrew's Church in Lowestoft is a community space providing many different types of pastoral outreachMore
Walsingham offers warm living room and hot meals
The Living Room will create a space for the community in Walsingham village hall, suitable for all ages.More
Community Fridge in Lowestoft
A community fridge located at a church in Lowestoft has now been running for three years and provides food to the local communityMore
Cost of living support: Crossroads Earlham gain funding to provide a warm space
A church in Earlham which partnered with local organisations during the pandemic has now responded to the cost of living crisis.More
Cost of Living Support Baby Basics
Volunteers at a church in Dersingham say they are putting together more emergency moses baskets for new mums due to the cost of living crisisMore