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COST OF LIVING CRISIS - SUPPORT & INFORMATION

group of people from Flitwick Food Extra

Flitwick Town Council recognises the 'Cost of Living Crisis' is impacting our community in many different ways and want to offer as much support as we can to help residents through these difficult times.  On this page you will find information on initiatives and links to other support available in the area.  

COMMUNITY FRIDGE

The Community Fridge will be arriving soon at The Rufus Centre.  This is a new initiative that will help redistribute surplus fresh food, available to anyone who needs support with the rising cost of food bills.  As soon as this is open we will be promoting on social media, our website and on our noticeboards across the town.

THE NEED PROJECT

The Need Project works through a number of churches in Central Bedfordshire and can help people facing financial hardship with support such as:

  • Providing food packages to support individuals and families who are experiencing food deprivation.
  • Providing other items to meet immediate and essential needs, as resources allow.
  • Developing other forms of support to meet immediate need and alleviate financial hardship.

The Need Project only take referrals from statutory bodies (e.g. Social Services, GP units, Children’s Centres etc.) or recognised community groups (e.g. local churches and other religious organisations, schools, etc). You can find a list of who you can talk to about a referral on their website using the link below:

The Need Project

FLITWICK FOOD EXTRA

Flitwick Food Extra is one of the Town Mayor's chosen charities this year.

Organised and run by members of Flitwick Parish Church and the local community, the team provide boxes of pre-measured ingredients and recipes to support families.

Get in touch with Flitwick Food Extra by email: foodextra@flitwickchurch.org

CENTRAL BEDFORDSHIRE COUNCIL

Central Bedfordshire Council website has a comprehensive guide to support available for anyone facing financial difficulty.  Access information, advice and benefit entitlement calculator using the link below.

CBC Support with the Cost of Living

CITIZENS ADVICE MID BEDFORDSHIRE

Mid Bedfordshire Citizens Advice  offer advice and help if you are struggling with the cost of living.  The organisation is also one of the Town Mayor's charities this year.

WARM CLOTHING & BLANKETS

We have a wonderful range of blankets, hats, scarves and hand warmers made with love by our Stitchers Group and friends.  If you would like a selection to help keep you warm this winter please get in touch by calling 01525 631900 or email us and we will be in touch.

 

colour blankets and hats

WARM SPACES

Different organisations are providing warm spaces for people to visit during the winter months.  We will be adding details here on a regular basis and have plans to introduce warm spaces of our own.

Churches in Flitwick and Ampthill have produced a handy guide to all the sessions they will be providing which you can access using the link below.

Churches Warm Spaces

You'll also find warm spaces at Flitwick Library and Flitwick Leisure Centre.

FREE EVENTS

The Council is organising free events for Flitwick residents so you can spend time with us and entertain the children in the school holidays or come and meet with friends in a warm environment and not use energy at home.

Following the success of our free movie day in October half term we are delighted to add another free community movie day on Wednesday 21st December.  You can book your free tickets via Eventbrite using the link below or give us a call on 01525 631900 and we will book them for you.

FREE COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS MOVIE DAY - Wednesday 21st December

poster advertising christmas films for free movie day

TOP UP FOR HARDSHIP FUNDS

In October the Town Council provided additional financial grants to top up existing hardship funds already established in the community by local groups, clubs and non-profit organisations.  All applications were considered by the Community Services Committee and grants were paid to enable more people to be supported through these existing hardship funds.

 

 

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