The Bedford Park Society was recently approached by one of its members who suggested that there might be a number of people like him in Chiswick who are considering donating part or all of their £400 energy rebate to a local charity to benefit people who are felt to be in greater need. However, for someone wanting to make a donation to a local charity, details are not always readily available.
As a result, the Society has pulled together a short list of some of the local charities which are trying to help those struggling to cope with the burden of energy costs and the rise in the Cost of Living. The list is only intended as a suggested starting point and no doubt local people will be aware of other organisations in the Chiswick area, which would also welcome support.
The list below additionally includes contact information for several national charities which help struggling individuals and families and will be posted here on our website. If anyone would like to suggest additional charities to include in the list, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org so the details can be added.
Some local charities
Hounslow Community Food Box
Provides emergency food and support and advice to those who in need who live in Hounslow borough. Donate via the website.
Provides emergency food to people living in Ealing borough who have been referred to them by their partners. The six food banks include one in Acton. Donate via the website.
Acton Homeless Concern
Provides food, company, medical and dental treatment, counselling and other services to the homeless or people living in poverty at two centres in Acton. Donate via the website.
Chiswick Money Advice Centre
Provides debt and money advice in the Chiswick area and beyond in partnership with Crosslight Advice, through which it jointly operates the Crosslight branch in Chiswick. Donate via the website.
Age Concern: The Friendship Club, Chiswick
Supports older people in Chiswick and Brentford, running activities, events and outings with most activities based at the Friendship Club in Chiswick. Donate via the website.
The Upper Room
Helps socially disadvantaged people including the homeless, migrant workers, ex-offenders and other socially disadvantaged people to improve their lives and conditions. The Hub for the Homeless which provides hot meals is located in W12. Donate via the website.
West London Welcome
A community centre run for and with refugees, migrants, people seeking asylum and other locals living in west London, providing help to reduce isolation, build inclusion and confidence, and challenge injustice. Donate via the website.
Possible national charities
Works with over 60,000 families every year, who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation, providing them with practical, emotional and financial support with the aim of building skills and resilience. Donate via the website.
Turn 2 Us
Supports anyone struggling to pay bills, helping people find out which means-tested benefits they may be eligible for, including tax credits. Donate via the website.
The Trussell Trust
Supports a nationwide network of food banks by providing emergency food and support to people struggling with poverty, with an ultimate goal of ending the need for food banks in the UK. Donate via the website.
Redistributes surplus food to nearly 9,500 charities and community groups, including school breakfast clubs, older people’s lunch clubs, homeless shelters, and community cafes. Donate via the website.
Crisis at Christmas
Provides food, warmth and care for people who are homeless over the Christmas period. Donate via the website.
Provides support for vulnerable people between the age of 18 – 45 who may be in need of housing, are suffering from mental illness, leaving prison or in fear of their lives from previous gang affiliation. Donate via the website.