Posted: 20 February 2018

We’re strengthening the safety net for vulnerable families

We are thrilled to be one of three charities to win £40,000 from the OneFamily Foundation Charity Fund for our campaign: strengthening the safety net for vulnerable families.

Why our campaign is important

We know that struggling families are increasingly running out of options when they face financial problems. A redundancy, bereavement, or an unexpected bill can spark disaster. This is a huge concern for children. 

Our research shows that a family’s financial difficulties can damage young people’s mental health, prevent them from reaching their full potential and, in the worst cases, put them at risk of harm.

That’s why the funding we have received is so important. It will allows us to continue to carry out our vital work strengthening the safety net for these struggling families.

Budgets stretched to breaking point

Before 2013, families could apply to a national scheme for a small loan or grant to help them with an unexpected cost - like a broken boiler or oven - when they had no other options available to them. Since 2013, it has been up to local councils to set up similar local schemes.

But with local council budgets stretched to breaking point, the schemes are disappearing at a worrying rate. The latest research shows that 78 councils have either closed their scheme or have cut it so drastically that it will soon no longer be viable.

This is why we want to work with OneFamily Foundation to strengthen that safety net for vulnerable families.

The solution

Thank you to all the OneFamily customers who voted for our campaign. Thanks to this funding, this year we will be talking to councils, charities, families and other local stakeholders to understand what families need the most when they are in financial crisis.

We will be learning what the priorities need to be for families, and how councils and other local organisations can deliver these with limited budgets.

We will work with local people to speak out, and effect change in their communities, making sure that families most at risk are better safeguarded when they need it the most.  

What can I do to help?

If you would like to keep up to date on our work supporting families in poverty or struggling with debt, then sign up today to make a difference by becoming a  a campaigner.  

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By Sarah Wayman - Campaigns team

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