Surviving Winter


Across Norfolk, there are fantastic local charities, community groups and voluntary organisations ready to step up with vital support this winter, but they can only do it with our help.

The spiralling cost of living is putting added financial strain on people this winter, especially those who are ‘just getting by’. Even with the newly announced support, the rising cost of energy will mean many people will be making difficult decisions this winter, choosing between cooking hot meals, putting the heating on, or leaving the refrigerator running. Many people will seek assistance from local charities, but they too are voicing their concerns about the surge in demand for their services and and expressing fears around their increased running costs.

We’re working with groups all over Norfolk to make sure that those that need it most will be supported this winter.
A man with a beard wearing a hat holds his daughter in his arms in a community supermarket.
(Image: The Burrell Store)
Being cold, alone or hungry isn’t good for anyone’s mental or physical health.

Through our Connecting Older People Fund and the Empowering Communities Fund, we are already supporting projects giving people access to warm places to go this winter – but we want to take this even further. This year, our Surviving Winter campaign will be helping our charity and voluntary partners establish Community Hot-Spots. Each hot-spot will provide a warm, inclusive environment where people can take a break from the cold, meet with people in their communities, and access any support they may need to help them through the winter months.

We will be there every step of the way, but we need your support to ensure communities can thrive this winter.

How can I help?

For too many households in Norfolk, this winter could be one of the toughest, coldest and most worrying.

We appreciate that budgets will be tighter for many people this year, but for those that want to help, we’re calling on you to Donate The Rebate. Whether this is the £150 council tax rebate, the £300 increased winter fuel payment for people 65+, the £400 energy grant, or simply what you can afford; we need Norfolk to help Norfolk this winter. Helping to keep communities warm, fed and together, the Surviving Winter appeal will transform local lives. The more support we have, the more we can help communities in our county.

Make your donation now via the form – every penny counts, no matter how small, and will enable local charities to provide essential help to some of the most vulnerable people in Norfolk from right now, through to spring.

Donate online quickly and securely, or alternatively please make a cheque payable to Norfolk Community Foundation (referencing ‘Surviving Winter’ on the reverse) and send it to Norfolk Community Foundation, St. James Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich, NR3 1TN.

“We are finding that people are having to decide whether they pay for fuel or food.”

Marie Burr, The Salvation Army