The St Vincent De Paul Society (SVP) has launched a £500,000 Cost of Living Support Fund to help struggling families and individuals who need support as the cost-of-living crisis deepens this winter.
The fund will be available to support people who are struggling to stay afloat amid rising food prices, high fuel tariffs and increasing inflation. Applications to access the Fund will go through the SVP’s 8,500 parish-based members who work in local conferences across England and Wales.
As part of the Cost-of-Living Support Fund, a public appeal is also being launched to give people the opportunity to show their support and donate.
SVP is inviting those who have received a winter fuel payment that they don’t need to donate it to the Cost-of-Living Support Fund to help struggling households and individuals to cope this winter. Donations can be made on the SVP website here.
The SVP fund has been created in response to the UK’s worsening economic crisis which threatens to impact millions of households in the UK. Over the last six months, the number of people requesting help and visiting St Vincent’s community centres has almost doubled.
SVP Executive Director Elizabeth Palmer told the Universe: “This winter will be a period of unprecedented hardship for many people and we know that the number of people coming to us for help will increase.”
SVP also welcome applications from Catholic groups who wish to become members and start their own Conferences to access the support funds.