Cost of Living Support Services

by Sarah Archer in Newhaven, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Total raised £1,524

 
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+ est. £61.75
£2,000 target 15 days left
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LDCA need to raise vital funds to ensure we can deliver our services to the local community across Lewes District. We need your support.

by Sarah Archer in Newhaven, East Sussex, United Kingdom

 donated match funding
East Sussex Community Wellbeing Fund is providing live match funding

LDCA are a small, local, independent charity that is embedded within its community. 

LDCA need to raise vital funds to ensure we can deliver our services to the local community across Lewes District. We need your support.

For every £5.00 donated we will receive £10.00 and if you add Gift Aid your donation will be worth £12.50

For every £10.00 donated we will receive £20.00 and if you add Gift Aid your donation will be worth £25.00

For every £20.00 donated we will receive £40.00 and if you add Gift Aid your donation will be worth £50.00

For every £50.00 donated we will receive £100.00 and if you add Gift Aid your donation will be worth £125.00

For every £100.00 donated we will receive £200.00 and if you add Gift Aid your donation will be worth £250.00

More about us and our work

Every day our trained volunteers and staff provide free, confidential, independent, and impartial advice. We are the leading provider of generalist and specialist advice across the Lewes district.  Our support is open to all and delivered in the community, at our offices and via the phone, email, and video conferencing.   We must raise all our own income to run our charity and we are a paid member of the National Citizens Advice Association.

We support people to help them overcome the initial and underlying causes of their problems and are a voice for individuals on the issues that matter to them.  Our primary focus is in tackling poverty, inequality, and reduced life opportunities. We support some of the most vulnerable and at-risk people in our communities, with many people coming to us in crisis.  We strive to ensure we are accessible, inclusive and empowering. We ensure no one is digitally excluded from accessing our support and we provide outreach support in a variety of locations across our district.  

 
Our support covers a range of services that are free of charge and include (but are not limited to) money advice & debt, food poverty, energy poverty, accessing and maintaining benefits, immigration, employment, education, housing, and equality issues. We undertake general signposting and provide vouchers for fuel, food, clothes and second-hand furniture for those in poverty.  We take a holistic approach to providing advice, helping people with multiple issues.
  
We have a key role to play in research and campaigning, both from national perspectives, but also with a local focus that strives to increase awareness and ultimately improve well-being for all.  We seek to influence how local and national policies and procedures are developed and managed and campaign for change to improve people’s wellbeing. We seek to address some the root causes of hardship, inequity and deprivation.  

In 2023 we helped 1800 clients with 6423 differing issues through the delivery of our advice work during a national Cost of Living crisis. Our top two areas of need were in welfare benefits and charitable support. 62% of people we supported were disabled or had a (or multiple) long terms health conditions, illustrating that we support some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Our work secured income gains and debts written off of over £450,000, massively impacting the financial resilience and wellbeing of clients and of the wider community. Our work delivers high ROI, while delivering demonstrable positive impacts on thousands of people and families each year.

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