Helping the community over Christmas

For many residents in our area, the festive period can be quite challenging. Find out how Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust can help you.

Although we all look forward to Christmas, we have to be aware that for many this is a very challenging time of year. It is important that we recognise that some members of our community may face difficult times as 2021 draws to a close. We are well aware of the issue of isolation in our communities, and this is an especially difficult period to be on your own. Most of us associate Christmas with being surrounded by family and friends (this too can be hard to cope with sometimes!) but many will be facing Christmas day on their own. Not a great prospect to look forward to at a cold and dark time of year. Although, we hope that the Kyle of Sutherland Superfast Broadband project, delivered by KoSDT in partnership with Highland Wireless, will allow many to be in virtual contact with friends and family that may live in other parts of the world.

This Christmas is also going to be incredibly challenging financially for many of our families. Prior to Covid 42% of households in Sutherland were living in fuel poverty and one in four children in Sutherland were recognised as living in poverty, I don’t even want to imagine what those figures look like now. The recent increase in fuel prices, the cost of clothing, the cost of food, and changes to universal credit, which is affecting working families as well as those not fortunate to have employment, are all making things worse.

KoSDT has developed some services to try and help those who may be facing hardship. Our free Community Food Larder has been incredibly busy this year, helping over 3,000 people to date. It is open every Tuesday and Friday and is available to everyone. If you are interested then give us a ring and make an appointment.

Helping Hand Fund

In addition, the Kyle of Sutherland Helping Hand Home Energy Fund is available to those in the community facing difficulty in heating their homes this winter. The Helping Hand fund can offer up to £250 of support for energy costs, heating system repair, or replacement of inefficient white goods. The fund is delivered in partnership with East & Central Sutherland Citizens Advice Bureau who offer free, impartial and confidential advice on money issues, benefits, and many more topics. Again, if you feel that this can help you over the winter then please get in touch.

by David Watson

Last Updated on 4 December, 2021 by Kyle Chronicle

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