Cost of living
Rising prices can severely affect your health and wellbeing as well as your finances. The organisations below can help you with a variety of different issues during the cost of living crisis.
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You can also read our report on how the cost of living crisis has affected the health and wellbeing of people in Birmingham and Solihull.
Birmingham City Council offers support for Birmingham citizens worried about the rising costs of energy bills, food and transport. This includes help to find out about benefits and grants for people facing a short-term crisis. Find out more on the website or call 0121 303 1116 if you need immediate help (Mon to Fri: 9am to 7pm, Sat: 10am to 1pm). The website also has a list of other organisations that can help.
Birmingham Settlement provides free, independent and confidential advice on debt, welfare services and managing your money. Find out more on the website or call 0121 250 0765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to an adviser.
Heating and Housing
Birmingham Warm Welcome Spaces is a network of heated spaces provided by community organisations which are completely free to access. Find your nearest venue on the Birmingham City Council website.
SIFA Fireside offers support including a drop-in centre and advice line if you are homeless or if your housing situation is unstable. Find out more on the website or by calling 0121 766 1700 (Mon to Fri: 9am to 5pm)
The Birmingham office of Shelter can help if you are homeless or are worried about losing your home. Find out more on the website or call the helpline on 0330 175 5121 (Mon to Fri: 9am to 5pm)
The Trussell Trust website lets you search for your nearest food bank. The charity also has a free confidential helpline on 0808 208 2138 (Mon to Fri: 9am to 5pm).
Birmingham City Council has a map of local foodbanks on its website, alongside a form to request vouchers.
Big Feed Community Cafes serve up nutritious meals for free. Find locations and opening times on the Active Wellbeing Society website.
FoodCycle is a charity offering free hot meals at different weekly events across Birmingham. Find locations and times on the FoodCycle website.
The NHS website lets you check if you are eligible for support with healthcare costs. It also has information on the Healthcare Travel Costs (HTCS) support scheme and who can get free prescriptions.
Home From Hospital Care provides help with things like shopping and transport to outpatient appointments for people who have just been discharged from hospital. Find out more on the Home From Hospital Care website or by calling 0121 472 4499.
Birmingham Mind operates a 24/7 confidential helpline for people experiencing mental health difficulties, their families and the general public. Call 0800 915 9292 or find out more on the website.
You can find more help on our page for mental health support.
The UK Government website explains the support available for the costs of things such as housing, energy bills, childcare and travel.
The Citizens Advice website has information about grants and benefits to help you pay your energy bills.
Turn2Us is a charity fighting poverty in the UK. You can find a local adviser as well as information and advice about paying bills and the cost of living on the website or by calling the free confidential helpline on 0808 802 2000 (Mon to Fri: 9am to 5pm)
The Ask Bill website has simple impartial advice about reducing your energy bills and managing debt.