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SURF Special Cost of Living Crisis E-bulletin Series - Edition 2
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SURF's Special E-bulletin: Cost of Living Crisis

Hello <<First Name>>. Welcome to the second 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 emma@surf.scot 

A Heart for Duns

Two of the community projects which started in Lockdown are continuing to help the local community in the current cost of living crisis. 

Firstly is the book swap service in an old theatre stage prop of a sentry box – the original sentry box has now been totally upgraded but remains a sentry box. People can donate and take books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, games and jigsaws. It has been incredibly popular and is still being well used by all ages. It is outside and accessible 24 hours a day.

Secondly, is the community larder. Our larder began life in the front foyer of the hall, but since June 2021 it has been in a purpose built ‘green shed’. It is open 9am -6pm (4.30pm from November) every day, it is not staffed and people can take and/ or donate items as they wish. We get daily donations from the local Co-op and regular deliveries from FareShare plus individual donations from the public. Our main aim is to reduce food waste rather than providing food for those in need – although that is often a by-product, anyone can use the larder and it is fully accessible. The larder is looked after by a team of seven volunteers.

Read the full story HERE

Crookston CG

Foodbank - Located at 56 Beltrees Rd, Glasgow, G53 5TF. CCG Foodbank provides food relief for over 50 people per week in our community. Our food bank is open from 10am - 3pm, Monday - Friday. We ask that referrals are sent by an organisation such as NHS, Turning Point, Housing associations etc.

Charity Shop - Located at 48 Beltrees Rd, Glasgow, G53 5TF. Our newly refurbished charity shop is open from 12 - 2pm, Monday to Friday. We sell men and women's clothing, shoes, kids clothing, baby clothes, baby accessories, books, games, toys, CD's, household goods, jewellery and more.

Pantry - Located at 48 Beltrees Rd, Glasgow, G53 5TF. We are open from 12 - 2pm, Monday - Friday. Our Pantry has been a success in our community. We sell fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meats, tinned goods, ready meals, halal options and toiletries. All items in our pantry are 25p each and stock is limited to 2 of the same product per person.


Read the full story HERE

Glen HA

Support available to tenants and residents:

Winter Support Fund

This fund stems from various sources of external funding and aims to provide Glen Housing Association’s tenants and residents with hard measures to help them reduce their fuel bills.

These include the provision of carpets and thermal curtains, energy efficient microwaves, slow cookers and kettles, winter duvet and bedding sets, and winter coats and footwear.

Fuel Vouchers and Fuel Cash

Again, this fund stems from various sources of external funding and aims to provide Glen Housing Association’s tenants and residents with either fuel vouchers (for pre-paid meters) or fuel cash (for non-pre-paid meters) for those in fuel debt, those at risk to self-disconnect or those struggling to afford their energy bills.

Read the full story HERE

Berwickshire Helps

In these difficult times people often need all the help they can get. However, it’s clear that they are frequently unaware of the many organisations, initiatives, benefits etc. that might help ease their situation.

Duns Food Bank delivers to a large swathe of Berwickshire and our clients almost always own smart phones (keeping in touch by phone is a crucial element of our delivery procedure).

This means they can usually access the internet readily and we have therefore created a website ‘Berwickshire Help’. The original plan was to build a site in support of food banks, larders etc. in Berwickshire but it’s become much more than that and now puts people in touch with organisations that can help with Food, Energy, Clothing, Money, Mental Health & Well-being, Homelessness etc. in a couple of clicks of a mouse.

The emphasis is on local initiatives but the site includes many links to national resources.

We are now keen to raise awareness of the website and ensure people make good use of this resource.

Read the full story HERE

Foundation Scotland

Many community organisations have already taken a proactive role in improving the energy efficiency of communal buildings such as village or town halls and perhaps installing their own renewable energy technologies too. There are lots of good examples on the Foundation Scotland website and through Local Energy Scotland with case studies to both inform and inspire

But as energy bills soar, creating difficulties for households across Scotland particularly as winter approaches, it is no surprise that many of the community panels and community company Boards we support with decision making on community benefit funds from renewables are keen to help householders improve energy efficiency and reduce costs.

This is a topic that relates closely to several issues that Foundation Scotland has been looking at recently, including how we can support action on climate change, tackling inequality, and improving wellbeing. It’s also relevant to our commitment to support more upstream or preventative action.

Read the full story HERE

Urban Uprising

At Urban Uprising, we help give disadvantaged young people the opportunity to transform their futures. Our unique climbing programme gives 8-18 year- olds who face various challenges in life the chance to develop their physical, social and personal strengths with the support and encouragement of highly-trained positive coaches.

We know there are barriers – both individual and societal – that prevent some young people from accessing and consistently engaging with new experiences. 

Urban Uprising’s vision is a society where all young people feel engaged and empowered to create a positive future for themselves. In partnership with climbing centres and committed volunteer role models, we are here to support young people to address and overcome the individual root causes of the problem and become their own agents of change. 

Urban Uprising operates programmes in
Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Cambridge and Bristol; often working with young people from the most deprived areas.

Read the full story HERE

Tagsa Uibhist

We have a community-focused horticulture programme, growing a wide range of produce for the benefit of everyone in the communities of Uist. Our vision is to provide a safe and welcoming garden environment for our volunteer adults to grow fruit and vegetables, which are then made available to our island community for purchase, as well as the availability of plants, both horticultural (for our community growers) and non-horticultural plants (beddings, shrubs, and trees). In Tagsa we are acutely aware of the need to respond to the climate emergency, and we believe that local food  production and recycling are vital aspects that we can focus on in our community. We provide advice, help and support to anyone who shares this concern.

We also invite the on-site Food Bank to access our locally grown produce for distribution amongst their clients, and have offered our ongoing support, in the form of advice and provision of plants/materials, as required, to our outreach growing projects.  

Read the full story HERE

Engage Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire’s Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund is open to Renfrewshire charities supporting adult (16+) mental health through non-clinical, interventionist approached.

Funding can cover utilities/running costs for 2023. See full fund guidance here.

Application closes: October 31st at 5pm

Application support is available please contact info@engagerenfrewshire.com

Engage Renfrewshire have compiled a Food, Fuel and Finance page which is available here.

This resource is updated with local information for practitioners and the public.

Engage Renfrewshire also work closely with RACA who promote affordable credit across the area, if that is something individuals are struggling with. RACA can advise on money lending schemes, saving schemes and more.

Read the full story HERE

AWGS

What we do include: Welcome new migrants’ women and create a safe space for them to meet and reduce isolation.

We gather and disseminate information, raise awareness on various issues including health, equality, racism, domestic violence, employment and training.  We also promote cultural and racial harmony. We have become a voice and face of the African community in Aberdeenshire and are working in partnership with other African groups in the UK.

Our advocacy work includes immigration, employment, retraining, job placement, business, health, young people, community and political participation, advocacy activities in many issues, including support for those in need and distress.

We encourage African women to improve themselves mentally, physically, emotionally and economically. To participate and engage in what is going on in their community and the general community and have confidence to have their say in every issue that is being debated in  the society by  participating in the discussion on issues be it local, national and international. 
Read the full story HERE

Funding Scotland

Funding Scotland is a service provided by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO). It is a FREE and easy to use online search of funding opportunities available for voluntary sector organisations in Scotland.

As the largest database dedicated specifically to funding for groups working in Scotland, it is used by more than 150,000 people each year who carry out almost 280,000 searches. There are currently over 1,300 funding opportunities listed on the database, with more being added all the time.

Whether you are a registered charity, small community group, or social enterprise, it can help you find the right funds for you, no matter your size.

How can Funding Scotland help during the cost-of-living crisis?

In response to the cost-of-living crisis, funders are changing their criteria, opening new programmes, or closing others to redirect funding. As Funding Scotland is regularly updated, the website is a useful resource to help keep track as things change.

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 emma@surf.scot for further information.
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