Sponsor the Difference

We’ve recently launched our Winter Campaign- ‘Sponsor the Difference’-  to help families cope with the effects of the cost-of-living crisis and stay warm, fed, clothed and safe this winter.

Families will be experiencing difficulties and hardship as the costs of energy, food, fuel, and the basic essentials of day-to-day living continue to increase. We have already seen an increase in accessing additional support for heating and food and this is only going to worsen over the winter months. Demand for our services has increased by 29% over the past year as a result of the crisis, and we need your help to provide support to more families this winter.

“It’s been a real pressure with rising prices. I reckon my food bill has gone up by a third. I’d like to batch cook and freeze things but that increases my electricity bill. It’s tight providing food for the family, I try to buy sensibly, using all the yellow labels but the prices mean there’s no scope for any unexpected bills like when the washing machine broke. I worry about the winter and how we’ll cope.”- Parent

The families we support desperately need material aid – food, clothing, and money for energy bills. They also need whole family support, that will give them the guidance, skills, and resources to cope with the emotional and psychological effects of the cost-of-living crisis.

Therefore, we have launched our winter campaign  Sponsor the Difference  to ask for donations to help children and families in desperate need cope with the cost-of-living crisis.

A £10 donation could cover the rise in gas and electricity bills for a family for one week, and we have many more examples of how a little from you could go a long way for a family.

You can donate to our winter campaign here: https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/1972#!/DonationDetails 

Our families were heavily involved in the creation of the campaign by providing examples of how they’ve been affected by the crisis and participating in case studies to share their experiences to raise awareness of the challenges they face and reminding others that they aren’t alone. This is part of our wider participation strategy, to give children and families we work with the confidence and opportunity to have their voices heard and be listened to.

You can read and listen to the case studies from families here: http://circle.scot/support-us/winter-campaign/case-studies/ 

All donations will go towards purchasing energy cards, food vouchers and warm winter clothes for families to help them make it through one of the harshest winters they have ever faced.

We highlighted the issues facing many of their families across Challenge Poverty Week and are using the Winter Campaign to continue to spread awareness of the detrimental impact that the cost-of-living crisis is having on families across Scotland.

CEO, Mark Kennedy said “

While Challenge Poverty Week did help to highlight the effects that poverty has on too many families across Scotland, we remain very conscious of the need to keep helping the families that do not have the means to afford the basic necessities of life. At Circle, we will remain focused on helping families to eat, keep warm, and ensure that children have what they need to attend school through one of the harshest winters they have ever faced.”

Sponsor the Difference now by visiting:  http://circle.scot/support-us/winter-campaign/