Crisis is a word that is used so much right now – financial crisis, housing crisis, mental health crisis – that we can run the risk of becoming desensitised to it. But the cost of living crisis is significant because it reaches deep into the five basic needs that provide daily dignity for us all – finance, food, family, health, and home.
You have probably read a lot about the causes and effects of the cost of living crisis already. Many of us might feel paralysed because we don’t know how to support those in need or have crisis burnout. To help, here are five charities that are tackling the most urgent areas of need.
Acts 435 – helping those in housing crisis
Acts 435 is an online giving charity, directly connecting those who want to give with those who are in genuine need of their help, through a network of local churches and charities. They help people meet the basic demands of housing and associated needs such as heating bills, furniture and clothing.
Having a place to call home is a basic human need and an essential foundation for people to thrive. You can support Acts 435 and similar organisations through a quick search on our website.
Christians Against Poverty – helping people in financial crisis
CAP are on a mission to release thousands from grinding poverty. Through close partnership with local churches, they provide award winning debt counselling and practical advice to help people manage their money more effectively. Since 2010 they have helped over 20,000 people become debt free.
The Bible says that the poor will always be with us, and we can’t ignore how the current crisis is affecting poverty right here in the UK. In addition to CAP, there are many other ministries helping those in financial crisis – they can all be found on our website.
Kintsugi Hope – helping those in mental health crisis
Kintsugi Hope is a charity based in the UK, striving to make a difference to people’s mental wellbeing. They want to see a world where mental and emotional health is understood and accepted, with safe and supportive communities for everyone to grow and flourish. Their ‘Hope Groups’ are a safe and supportive space for people who feel or have felt overwhelmed with disappointment, loss, anxiety, anger, perfectionism and shame.
Jesus spent much of his time on earth caring for those with all kinds of sicknesses and the Bible tells us to do the same. You can find many more charities addressing this important issue on our website.
Trussel Trust (Foodbanks) – helping those in food crisis
The goal of the Trussel Trust is to eliminate hunger in the UK and create a country that no longer needs free food distribution. They currently support a network of food banks, often in connection with local churches, that provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty.
Providing essentials for families and individuals who are in food crisis is vital. You can find your nearest foodbank, or similar organisations, by using our onsite navigation tool.
Safe Families – helping those in family crisis
Facing life alone is hard, and when you feel there is no one there to support you it is a scary place. Safe Families offer support, hope and belonging to improve the lives of those in communities throughout the UK. They link children, young people and families with local volunteers who can offer them vital help and support. Currently Safe Families are working with over 35 local authorities, but primarily offer their support in partnership with local churches.
A flourishing family unit is at the heart of God’s plans for his kingdom. Helping people in family crisis is a wonderful way to demonstrate the love of God. Search and support ministries like Safe Families on our website.
You can also choose to support Stewardship's Cost of Living Response Fund to find out how you can share the hope of Jesus at a time of crisis.
How can we help those in crisis?
It is often difficult to give when times are hard for us too, especially when the whole country is gripped by crisis. Taking action at this time will look very different depending upon each of our individual circumstances. For some, it might mean changing how much they give. For others it could be considering some new charities to give to on a regular basis.
Whatever you choose to do, we want to continue to support you throughout this crisis. We are regularly posting blogs to encourage you, as well as sharing guides and resources that can assist you in being actively generous.
In addition to the ones mentioned here, there are many more charities that you can support to help people in the UK who are in crisis. You can search for them on our website and use a Stewardship Giving Account to strategically channel your money to where it is needed the most.