SURF Special Cost of Living Crisis E-bulletin Series - Edition 1
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SURF's Special E-bulletin: Cost of Living Crisis

Hello <<First Name>>. Welcome to the first edition in a series of special SURF e-bulletins showcasing examples written by organisations delivering services or providing support to communities across Scotland, to try and alleviate some of the impacts of the current cost of living crisis. If you would like to highlight work you are doing or funding or organisational support you are providing please email Emma on 

Elderpark Housing

At Elderpark Housing – we champion community regeneration and engagement. We work with a range of partners that enable us to deliver, support and facilitate projects and initiatives across Govan.

Our community work covers

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Employment and education
  • Tenancy sustainability
  • Reducing the carbon foot print of the city
  • Arts and craft engagement and skills
  • Good old fashioned community get together’s
Elderpark Housing’s Financial Inclusion service operates Monday to Friday by appointment only.
Appointments can be made by calling our customer services team on 0141 440 2244 or by contacting your Housing Officer. The service can assist with a variety of issues such as claiming Welfare Benefits, tackling debt and fuel poverty and applying for the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Elderpark Housing, working in partnership with Govan Housing and Linthouse Housing, provide direct support to the tenants that are in vulnerable situations with regards to energy consumption.

Read the full story HERE

Eat, Sleep, Ride CIC

Eat Sleep Ride is a community interest company and social enterprise providing affordable therapeutic equine and countryside interactions for children, young people and their parents, guardians, and carers in Southeast Scotland and Northumberland.

Our purpose is to help, support and inspire people through the provision of experiential learning, equine based training, accreditation, certification, volunteering, work placements and employment opportunities.

We work with people living with the challenges of mental and physical ill health, drug and alcohol use, and those who are isolated, vulnerable, and facing poverty and deprivation. We are a conduit for training and accreditation, using experiential learning to help develop social and emotional competencies, providing interaction with, and connection to our community.

Eat Sleep Ride is the only organisation within a 50-mile radius to offer such an extensive range of social and professional development services.

Read the full story HERE

Tarbert Youth Group

We run a youth group, Tarbert Youth Group, which is open mainly Monday and Friday evenings 7pm til 9pm, we focus on being a permanent and continuous support for young people from all backgrounds.

We provide a safe space to meet, to do activities, games, life skills  and much more. We try to eat together to ensure no one goes hungry.

We also run Tarbert soup group which is for over 60s on a Monday and Friday from 11 am until 1.30 pm. We provide homemade and freshly prepared soup, puddings and snacks. The aim here is to reduce isolation and loneliness and to promote friendships, social inclusion and opportunities. 

From this came The Pantry! A small foodbank which can be accessed at anytime from our wee cupboard in the yard, or you can come along on a Wednesday about 12/12.30 and collect fresh supplies direct from FareShare Glasgow and the west of Scotland.

We are also open during the above youth group and soup group.

Read the full story HERE


Toonspeak is one of twenty six organisations awarded funding by Creative Scotland as part of the Culture Collective national programme, which has established a network of creative practitioners, organisations and communities, working together to create a positive difference locally and nationally in response to COVID-19.

The Culture Collective project for Toonspeak is based in Ward 17 (Springburn /Balornock / Barmulloch / Robroyston / Millerston), in the North of Glasgow. A quarter of the datazones in Ward 17 are among the 5% most deprived datazones in Scotland. Therefore a crucial element of the programme is that the artists engaged are passionate about using the arts to empower communities who face challenges of multiple deprivation, and to improve the lives of individuals.

Artists are trained and supported to see themselves as part of the community and we will capitalise on the expertise and knowledge of partners to support the creative team with a deep understanding of the social, cultural and historical landscape in which this project will take place.

Read the full story HERE

STP - Loves Local

Scotland’s long-term recovery from Covid-19.  The programme began as a high profile multimedia campaign designed to blend the message of safety and business recovery whilst encouraging everyone to think, choose and spend locally. Scotland Loves Local enables and supports communities making them fairer, stronger, greener and more sustainable.

The Scotland Loves Local Gift Card was launched in 2021 to stimulate local economies and assist with the recovery of all businesses across Scotland. The Scotland Loves Local programme and gift card is relevant to every community and is not just about immediate recovery, but also a longer-term change in keeping money local for longer, encouraging people to choose local for the long term.

The gift card has localism at its heart as not only provides an income stream for businesses, but also protects local jobs and enhances local services.  All in turn making Scotland’s communities a better place to live, work and visit.

Read the full story HERE

Geeza Break

Geeza Break’s main task is to achieve improved health and well-being of individuals, families and their children. In order to achieve this, as a voluntary organisation, we provide family support and flexible respite services to parents with children aged 0-16 years, predominantly within the East/North East in Glasgow (services are provided to kinship carers who are caring for children due to addiction issues across Glasgow).

The service is intended to be a short term flexible support to families experiencing addiction, stress, crisis or isolation. These services set out to achieve a set of aims for both the family and children.

Family Support is offered to parents living within the North End of Glasgow and who have a child/children under the age of sixteen years. In partnership with Geeza Break, Family Support aims to assist with  preventing/reducing statutory involvement by working with clients to develop skills such as parenting skills, day to day living skills and confidence.

Respite Sitting provides positive, fun experiences empowering children to lead healthier lives as well as developing their educational and cultural interests.

Read the full story HERE


At Edinburgh Community Health Forum we are focused on supporting organisations who work to reduce health inequalities in Edinburgh.

We have over 35 member organisations who focus on a wide range of issues including mental health, food and healthy eating, physical health and wellbeing, Greenspaces and exercise as well as supporting minorities and disadvantaged groups.

We share information and resources amongst the network to help our members stay in the loop with funding opportunities, important strategic items and opportunities for collaborative work with other organisations.

At the moment we are also providing subsidised training to our members for a wide range of skills including Digital Leadership, Suicide awareness (ASIST) and Social Media fundamentals.

We also have the exciting news of being awarded a small pot of around £15k to allocate to our members on a trust-based system for collaborative work.

Read the full story HERE

Give the Dog a Bone

Give a Dog a Bone… and an animal a home is a unique and award-winning charity tackling loneliness and social isolation for older adults, via animal companionship and friendship.

The charity offers Financial Support for over 60s to adopt a rescue pet (visit their website for more details) and has three Community spaces in Scotland where they offer:

  • A free tea and chat service for all, with a wonderful team of Companionship Dogs
  • Pet Food Banks, where anyone who needs it can collect free pet food
  • Free activities, such as creative writing and reflexology, for over 60s

Where to find us:

Shawlands Community Space

Troon Community Space

Alloa Community Space

Pop into your local Community Space to meet the team and Companionship Dogs and find out more about what’s on offer.

Read the full story HERE

Fire and Peace

Fire & Peace Recovery offers additional resources and support to individuals in their mental health and addiction recovery. We organise expeditions to remote areas of Scotland, where we facilitate group sharing sessions, and teach wild camping and bushcraft skills. In addition to recovery trips, we collaborate with a range of community organisations on day trips, workshops, and outdoor activities. We have over 30 live projects and work with over 250 beneficiaries each year including children, young people, and adults.

A significant achievement for us is launching the Youth Movement, involving local high-schools, and youth organisations; Ysortit and G15 Youth Project. Through these partnerships, we identify young people affected by anxiety, depression, and isolation, or at risk of involvement in anti-social behaviour. We offer them day trips in nature, and provide a space for sharing, and empowerment.

We also offer 1-2-1 support and mentorship for the most vulnerable and at risk pupils. Other notable achievements include recently funding our own minibus, helping us to make wild spaces accessible to more people. 

Read the full story HERE


SCVO are here to support you in tough times. As the cost of living crisis takes hold, people and communities need voluntary sector services more than ever.

At the same time, voluntary organisations face spiralling costs, falling income and an uncertain future. We know that 61% of voluntary organisations are experiencing financial challenges while continuing to see an increased demand for services.

It’s a worrying time. SCVO are providing practical support and help fight your corner.

Regular updates to this page with new information, news and updates, so please keep checking to make sure that you're up to speed with all of our latest #RunningCostsCrisis resources.

SCVO are also eager to hear from you. How are you affected? What would help?

Information and Advice

The SCVO team have created some handy #RunningCostsCrisis FAQs to help simplify these updates for you.

Read the full story HERE

If you would like to submit an article showcasing activities in your community or to detail support that your organisation is providing then please email Emma Scott on for further information.
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