10GM - A joint venture to support the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Greater Manchester

Cost of Living Support

Find VCSE support to help organisations and individuals with the cost of living crisis. 

Locality Support 
GM-Wide Support


A map of independent foodbanks from the Independent Food Aid Network.

The Trussell Trust also has a map of its food banks on its website. 

You can call Help through Hardship for free to talk confidentially to a trained Citizens Advice adviser on:
0808 208 2138
(Open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. Closed on public holidays.)

They can help address your crisis and provide support to maximise your income, help you navigate the benefits system, and identify any additional grants you could be entitled to. If needed, they’ll issue you with a voucher so you can get an emergency food parcel from your local food bank.

Warm Banks 

Warm Welcome Space has an ever-growing map of warm banks that have opened or are opening up free, warm, welcoming spaces for the public over this winter across Greater Manchester. 

Energy Bills 

Energy Bill Relief Scheme: help for businesses and other non-domestic customers

GoCompare has developed an Energy cost calculator to find out how much it costs to run common household appliances and compare them against each other.

Financial Assistance for Individuals 

Has a free-to-use, confidential Benefits Calculator to find out what benefits you are entitled to claim. 
Has a Grants Search tool to find grants that provide financial support to people who need it.
Guides on energy and water bills support. 

If you'd like to support the VCSE response to the cost of living crisis, please get in touch. 

Page last reviewed: 17 April 2023

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