Luke Pollard MP Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport
Support in Plymouth
The cost of living crisis is getting worse by the day. With food prices increasing and energy bills soaring, I know this is a challenging time for many families in Plymouth and up and down the country.
Here are some fantastic organisations across Plymouth that are working their socks off to provide help on a number of cost of living issues such as access to foodbanks, advice on energy bills, affordable clothing and more.
We have some tough times ahead but let’s look out for one another and keep pressure on this broken Tory government to provide the support people desperately need this winter.
Plymouth Online Directory
The Plymouth Online Directory is a great hub for links to organisations that can provide support for struggling households in Plymouth.
- Heating and energy
- Food and shopping
- Money and finances
- Homing and homeless
- Mental health
- Employment and training
- Travel and transport
- Children, young people and families
- Free internet/Wifi access
Uniform Store Plymouth
As Plymouth gets back to school in September, many families struggling with the rising cost of living are worried about school uniform costs.
The new rules around schools providing an affordable school uniform option will help, but for those worried about being able to afford kitting out their children for school, visit the Uniform Store.
Located on 35 New George St in Plymouth city centre, the team of volunteers there can help you if you need uniform for your kids free of charge. There is no referral needed to use this service.
The shop is open every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 10am to 3pm for the remainder of the school holidays. During term time, there is a click and collect service available.
If you have any old school uniform that you can donate please drop it off the Uniform Store. All schools in Plymouth covered. Thank you for their work.
I know that for many families across Plymouth, the staggering increases in the cost of food and drink is currently one of the biggest concerns brought on by the cost of living crisis. I’m worried that the October energy price rise will tip more people into food poverty.
There are some awful stories about individuals who are struggling to afford to feed their families in our city. If you are struggling to put food on the table, there is help available to you.
I recently visited Plymouth Foodbank to hear first-hand about the rise in demand for food. They are a fantastic organisation full of brilliant volunteers who can help you access three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food if you are in need.
For more information about how to get help from Plymouth Foodbank or if you are able to donate food or money, please visit https://plymouth.foodbank.org.uk/ to find out more.
No one should be left faced with the prospect of going hungry this winter.
Citizens Advice is another great organisation offering advice for families on low incomes.
- Check out their advice guide for help if you’re struggling with living costs here.