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Islington is one of the most unequal boroughs in the UK. Many people and families in Islington have been experiencing deprivation even before the Cost of Living Crisis which has only made conditions worse. Even before rising prices and stagnating income, 11,500 families in Islington were living in fuel poverty and 43% of children were living in poverty after housing costs (Islington Council).
Rising costs have led to many unable to afford heating, rent and even food. Since last year, there has already been a 46% increase in referrals to food banks in the borough (Help on Your Doorstep), and a 20% increase in people needing advice and support, with this figure set to rise (Citizens Advice Islington).
Combined with the huge need and people wanting to do more to help, Islington Giving launched a Cost of Living Crisis appeal to raise funds for emergency food, fuel and essentials for those who need it most. Working with their trusted local partners, Age UK Islington and Help on Your Doorstep, the funds have already been able to provide emergency funding to 65 local people and will be reaching another 40 individuals in the coming weeks.
Hello, just letting you know that the grant was just paid into my account. Thank you so much, this has taken a huge weight off of my shoulders! Paying off this debt means Xmas is now possible for my kids. ~ Crisis Appeal Recipient
This has enabled residents like 89-year-old Amelia to pay her next energy bill. Amelia lives alone and needs support with her day-to-day activities. After using her savings to support her sons during the pandemic, she was struggling to get on top of piling energy bills on her small pension. These funds have helped to relieve some of the daily anxiety and worry she is experiencing.
Some people are having to make some real hard choices between paying their bills or having food on the table to feed their families. Any donations that are made will go a long way to help our residents. ~ Ismail Bahriyelli, Age UK Islington
If everyone in our community who is able can give a little, we can make sure that we all make it through the ongoing crisis and reach more people who need our support.
Can you make a difference to someone’s life today?
The current situation can feel overwhelming but there are things you can do right now to make a difference. You can watch and share the appeal videos and follow @IsGiv to help spread the word. You can also get your local school, workplace or business involved to raise funds. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to order appeal posters or for more information.
Islington Giving is a local charity which works closely with inspiring local organisations to address poverty and inequality in Islington. Since 2010, Islington Giving have built a great track-record of funding projects for good. Their practical, action-focused giving supports work across the whole borough.