The Cost-of-Living Crisis – the challenge continues…

Supporting people through the impact of the cost-of-living crisis has been an ongoing focus for several of the charitable trusts that are managed by Ludlow as sole trustee.

Through the foresight and philanthropy of the settlors, £416,965 has been distributed in the last month, in grants to ten charities working on the front line to deliver services and support to individuals and their families, who are facing the toughest of times in recent history, economically, mentally, and physically.

Food poverty, food insecurity, homelessness and housing need continue to feature prominently in the grants awarded and respond to increased need in these areas. The grants awarded also recognise the impact of the cost-of -living crisis on mental health and debt management.

Please find a summary of the grants below:

Food Poverty/Food Insecurity

  • Alexandra Rose Charity – £14,979 – to deliver support through Rose vouchers for fruit and vegetables, helping families on low incomes and experiencing food poverty to access a healthy diet.
  • Emerge 3RS – £25,869 – to support volunteering and employability training in relation to Fareshare Greater Manchester, food insecurity and their operations.
  • Magic Breakfast- £85,282 – to end child morning hunger through the provision of a healthy breakfast at the start of the school day for those children most in need of this meal.
  • The Trussell Trust – £100,000 – to provide tailored one-to-one support from central teams to help food banks overcome operational, logistical, and technological challenges, as well as crisis support grant funding to food banks to help them maintain a dignified service. Grants are targeted to the foodbanks that need it most to remove the barriers they are facing.

Homelessness and Housing Need

  • Glassdoor Homeless Charity – £39,223 – a contribution towards their year-round Casework service providing practical advice and specialist support. This will help people experiencing homelessness, alongside managing additional complex needs, to build a more stable future and ultimately move into accommodation.
  • Depaul UK – £30,000 – a contribution towards costs to support young people in London with their Nightstop network of same-night accommodation, with their London Housing Advice service, and money management advice through their Steps to success service.
  • Helping Bristol’s Homeless Charity – £28,056 – a contribution towards the provision of converted shipping containers as a safe and secure place to live for residents for 6 months, alongside a range of services such as employability and mental health support.

Mental Health

  • Anxiety UK – £23,552 – to provide support with the ongoing annual costs associated with Anxiety UK’s website, which provides access to their digital services for those dealing with anxiety.
  • Samaritans – £50,000 – as a contribution towards the costs of their helpline with a focus on the north- west region and towards the training and recruitment of volunteers.

Debt Management

  • Community Money Advice Ltd – £20,000 – to help establish and support debt and money advice services within churches, community groups, foodbanks, housing associations and local councils.

The Ludlow Funding Enquiry Gateway provides a great source of options for our grant committee to consider when managing the distribution of such grants as listed above. We would encourage all charities to submit their proposals for funding from any of the charitable trusts we manage through this route.

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