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Cost of Living Support Resources for VCFSE Organisations

VCFSE Cost of Living Impact updated February 2023

Click here to view the updated VCFSE Cost of Living Impact

CAS research shows Suffolk’s VCFSE sector facing significant impacts of the cost of living crisis

As individuals across the country face an economic crisis the like of which we haven’t seen for decades, the VCFSE sector, a lifeline to thousands of individuals across Suffolk, is facing some of the most challenging circumstances it too has ever seen with increased costs, increased demand on services, reducing donations and loss of staff and volunteers, all cited in the report as just some of the issues impacting their work.

The full report can be found here:

The Cost of Living Crisis Impact on Suffolk’s Voluntary,Community & Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector

Britain is facing its biggest cost of living crisis in decades which is not only impacting households and individuals but the voluntary and community sector too. We know that organisations are highly concerned about rising costs, losing valued members of staff to other sectors which pay more, losing volunteers and declining mental health across the voluntary and paid workforce as individuals face their own cost of living crises. We’ve pulled together a list of support and resources for organisations.

Funding & Income

Funding and Income tips from NCVO to help secure funding

Cost of Living Crisis Grants  Charity Excellence Framework has compiled a list of UK wide funders which are accepting applications for cost of living funds

Suffolk Observatory provides a vast array of data down at multiple levels which can be used to provide that key evidence for funding applications The funding 4 Suffolk Portal which allows you to search for funding in your area


Utility Aid – the largest energy broker for the not-for-profit sector

Energy Bill Relief Scheme which includes voluntary sector organisations

NCVO & SCVO webinar on how to manage rising fuel costs. 30th November. Free for NCVO members

Ways for organisations to support their employees

Mental health and wellbeing NCVO’s guide to supporting staff in the work place

Salary Sacrifice – Cycle to Work Scheme Help employees save on fuel costs, improve their physical and mental health by travelling to work by bike


Business in the Community’s Cost of Living Action Plan for Businesses contains a suite of links to documents that offer practical support and guidance on how you can support your employees, customers, your community and suppliers

Suffolk Pro Help a countywide network of professional businesses providing expertise and support to voluntary and community groups pro bono

UHY Hacker Young’s Charity and NFP Outlook  contains a suite of tips and advice organisations can use to help secure their future.

Cost of Living Crisis Support – Locality – Locality – support for organisations

Cost of living support – Suffolk Chamber of Commerce – Chamber of Commerce

Mental Health Support – NHS Wellbeing Suffolk are able to help anyone feeling stressed, worried or anxious during these financially challenging times with a range of free individual and workplace support.

Volunteering information leaflet for Suffolk Volunteer Coordinators This leaflet provides an overview of what you may need to consider to help, support, retain and attract volunteers, as well as sources of further information and resources.

Influencing & Advocating

Voluntary sector orgs joint statement a growing list of voluntary organisations has signed a joint statement calling on the government to urgently deliver meaningful financial support to those in greatest need, as well as providing targeted financial support for charities and voluntary organisations that are supporting people through the cost of living crisis