Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 22 September 2022
HINCKLEY and Bosworth residents are being invited to explore help and support available to them at a special cost of living and wellbeing event next month.
The Borough Council arranged event will take place on Saturday, 1 October, from 10am until 1pm inside of Hinckley’s Meeting Centre, based on Marchant Road.
It will give anyone who is concerned about the cost of living crisis an opportunity to speak with Council staff and other organisations about individual issues and concerts, such as benefits, housing, paying energy bills, managing debt and food support.
Many people from a wide range of agencies will be in attendance – such as the British Red Cross, Work Link, Emmaus, Citizens Advice Bureau, the Scams and Trading Standards, Great/Yes Project, Hinckley & Rugby Building Society, and Morrisons.
Also in attendance are the Food Bank, Clockwise, Turning Point, local advice centres and the council’s housing, council tax, welfare, energy advice teams, and more.
As well as this, demonstrations will be shown on how to cook ‘nutritious’ food on a budget, as well as health and wellbeing assistance and activities to keep children entertained. Free refreshments will also be provided to visitors in attendance.
The Council and community partners decided to team up to organise the event after noticing a rise in the number of people asking for help.
This year, people have seen the end of the £20 uplift in their Universal Credit, as well as energy price rises, rising fuel costs, and inflation at 9 per cent. All of these changes mean that more people are struggling to make their money cover the basics.
Coun. Stuart Bray, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council Leader, said: “We understand that residents are rightly concerned about the national rise in the cost of living. We decided to host this event so that we could offer as much help and support as possible and we welcome anyone to attend who needs advice.
“There will be plenty of displays and information on offer, and residents will be able to chat face-to-face with a range of experts.
“We hope that this will give all our residents reassurance where it is needed and will point those in need towards specific services and help.”
The event is open to all borough residents, with no appointments needed, meaning anyone can simply show up and attend.
There is even a chance to win one of many shopping vouchers, hampers, or vouchers towards energy costs.
For more information on the event email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07968 692506 for further details.