About Islington Giving
Islington Giving is a local charity, operating and funding projects since 2010, which works closely with inspiring local organisations to address poverty and inequality in Islington. We partner with over 30 local voluntary and community organisations each year.
Responding to the Cost of Living Crisis
Islington is one of the most unequal boroughs in the UK. Many people have been experiencing deprivation even before the cost of living crisis, which has only made conditions worse, particularly for the most vulnerable. Even before rising prices and stagnating income, 11,500 families in Islington were living in fuel poverty and 43% of children were living in poverty after housing costs (Islington Council).
Rising costs have led to many unable to afford heating, rent and even food. Since last year, there has already been a 46% increase in referrals to food banks in Islington (Help on Your Doorstep), and a 20% increase in people needing advice and support, with this figure set to rise (Citizens Advice Islington).
The funds raised have enabled residents like 89-year-old Amelia to pay her next energy bill. Amelia lives alone and needs support with her day-to-day activities. After using her savings to support her sons during the pandemic, she was struggling to get on top of piling energy bills on her small pension. These funds have helped to relieve some of the daily anxiety and worry she is experiencing.
With thanks to generous supporters and donors, the charity have raised over £50,000 to date – 100% of which will go directly to support vulnerable residents. However, this is just the start. As the temperature drops and prices continue to climb, we know that many people are having to make impossible choices like choosing between putting food on the table and heating their home.
If everyone in our community who is able can give a little, we can make sure that we all make it through the ongoing crisis and reach more people who need our support.
- £25 could help a family cover rising transport costs
- £50 could support someone with food vouchers for a week
- £100 could support a family struggling with rising energy bills
To donate please visit the Islington Giving website.
Other ways to support
You can watch and share the charity’s video below, follow @IsGiv, and help spread the word. You can also get your local school, workplace or business involved to raise funds. Please contact email@example.com to order appeal posters or for more information.