As the festive lights brighten our streets and homes, it’s crucial to remember that, for many, this season is an ongoing struggle – the  cost of living crisis. While we cherish the warmth of our homes, some of our neighbours face tough choices between heating and eating.

The on-going challenge

The cost of living crisis has escalated, significantly affecting the most vulnerable in our communities. Rising energy bills and living costs have not only made daily life challenging but also risk long-term impacts on health and wellbeing. The NHS spends an estimated £1.4 billion annually on treating illnesses associated with living in cold or damp housing (Source: UK Government)

  • Long-term effects: “Energy poverty is now affecting 1 in 4 households, leading to long-term health and financial impacts.” (Source: Public Health England)

Groundwork’s response

Groundwork takes practical action to create a fair and green future in which people and nature thrive. As such, we have been at the forefront of addressing challenges connected to fuel poverty and supporting those feeling the brunt of the cost of living crisis.

Our approach includes initiatives like the Green Doctor programme, which offers practical solutions for energy efficiency. The initiative exemplifies our commitment to immediate relief and long-term sustainability. By improving home energy efficiency, we’re directly reducing the financial burden on families, contributing to their health and well-being.

The power of monthly donations

This is where your support becomes pivotal. Monthly donations provide us with a steady stream of resources, ensuring the continuity and expansion of these vital programmes. They allow us to plan effectively and respond promptly to emerging needs.

  • £15 can buy a Winter Warmer Pack – with items to help those in need stay warm and well
  • £11 can improve radiator efficiency in a home
  • £5 can draught-proof floors in a home

As we celebrate this season of giving, let’s extend our compassion beyond the festive lights. Your monthly donations are not just gifts; they are investments in a brighter, more sustainable future for all. Together, we can ensure that the warmth of this season reaches every home and heart in our community.

Join us in this mission. Your support lights up lives and empowers communities.

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About Groundwork

Groundwork is a federation of charities with a collective mission to take practical action to create a fair and green future in which people, places, and nature thrive. We support communities and businesses to build capacity and resilience in order to tackle hardship, achieve a just transition to net-zero and help nature recover in a way that reduces inequality and leads to healthier, happier lives for all.