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Cost of Living Crisis

Are you concerned about the rise in the cost of living?

Twyford and Ruscombe Parish Councils are working together to support and offer guidance to our residents during the cost of living crisis in the UK.

We want to support as many of our residents as possible across the key areas outlined in this leaflet. Please find contact details below of organisations that can provide advice and support.

Warm Places

We are working with Wokingham Borough Council and our local community to create a network of warm spaces. Spaces will be available for people to use and visit during the winter period and beyond.

Warm Spaces are inclusive and non-judgemental, heated and free to access.

The facilities at each Warm Space will vary but will offer opportunities to participate in activities and we hope, to learn new skills. We are working with the local community so that these spaces will provide hot drinks, internet access, charging points and most importantly a friendly warm environment to connect with others within our community.

For more information visit:

Financial Advice & Support

If you are worried about money, housing or employment, you can contact Citizens Advice.
They can give you free advice on debt, benefits, employment and housing issues. They will also make sure you are getting all the support you are entitled to.

For more information visit:

Food Banks

You may be seeing the price of food in the supermarket going up.

Wokingham Foodbank know that crisis can strike anyone and they understand how difficult it can be to think about walking through a foodbank door.

Their volunteers aim to welcome everyone who visits their foodbank with compassion, kindness and a listening ear.

For more information visit:

Mental Health Support

There are many things that can affect your mental health, particularly if you are dealing with financial problems or are living alone. It’s normal and there is help available.

You are not alone. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you’re worried about yourself or a loved one.

If you need immediate mental health support call the Samaritans on 116 123
Or visit

Support for those in retirement

Age UK Berkshire

Age UK Berkshire provide essential information and expert advice on a wide variety of topics of interest or concern to people aged 50 or older in Berkshire. Age UK Berkshire also assists the families, friends and carers of those aged 50 or older.

For more information visit:

Age Concern Twyford

Age Concern Twyford is a registered charity whose aim is to assist elderly residents in the area to maintain their independence and quality of life. They serve the local villages of Twyford, Hurst, Wargrave, Sonning, Ruscombe and Charvil.

For more information visit:

Local Grants for Educational Costs and Hardship

The Polehampton Charity provides relief for people in need, those experiencing hardship or distress and promotes the education of people under 25 who reside in the parishes of Twyford, Ruscombe and Charvil.

For more information visit:

Local Partners

Cost of Living Leaflet