The pressure of the rising cost of living is being felt by many. With the energy price cap announcement today please be aware that help and support is available through B&NES Council’s Community Wellbeing Hub. The Hub is a great partnership project involving B&NES Council, HCRG and a wide range of agencies, third sector organisations and others working under its umbrella (including Age UK, B&NES Citizen’s Advice Bureau, RUH, Curo etc). They have all pledged to do all they can to help people struggling to make ends meet.
If you need help with money matters, bills, benefits, energy costs, food, mental health support, jobs and skills, support for carers or other services give the Hub a call on 0300 247 0050. They are open 9-5 Mon-Fri. Also, please, if you know someone who needs their support be they a friend, relative, work colleague or neighbour, pass the number onto them.
B&NES Council have also launched dedicated Cost of Living Crisis web pages where residents can find lots of useful information including how to request help to pay your water or energy bills and details of B&NES Council’s Welfare Support Scheme, which provides residents with short-term, emergency help with living costs. Contact details for a host of organisations and services providing support to help you manage your money can be found on the Livewell Money Matters web pages.
Some residents who are eligible for the Council Tax Energy Rebate still haven’t applied for their one-off £150 payment to help with fuel bills. You can find out more and apply on B&NES Council’s website. Paper application forms are also available from B&NES Council’s One Stop Shops or, alternatively, you can call their Benefits Team on 01225 477777 and select option 4.
If you don’t qualify or have received a rebate and are still struggling to pay your energy bills, B&NES Council do have discretionary grants available. To apply contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01225 477277
Employment & Skills drop-in
People looking for work, training or starting their own business, can visit a drop-in every Tuesday over the summer at Bath Library, where residents can pop in for support and advice (11am-1pm). A range of organisations will be there:
- National Careers Service
- Curo (Workwise team)
- We Work for Everyone
- Future Bright
- The Employment & Skills Pod
- West of England Works
- Clean Slate
- Adult Community Learning (Bath College)
- Cool Ventures
If you want to know exactly which organisations will be there on each week contact the FutureBright team at email us.
Future Bright offers FREE career coaching, training and support to help you develop the skills and confidence you need to take your next step. Read some of the inspiring stories from those who have progressed with their careers with support from their Future Bright Careers Coach. Visit the Future Bright website to find out more or call 01225 395555.
Saltford Jobs Fair – Free tables for employers looking for staff are still available, so please do get in contact via email@example.com if you are a local business or employer looking for staff. See image for details.