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Surviving Winter campaign

Each year the Surviving Winter campaign raises money to help older and vulnerable people stay warm and well in the UK’s coldest months. Since November 2011, they have successfully raised £5.2 million and helped over 70,000 people survive winter. 

The campaign began as a vehicle for generous pensioners to ‘recycle’ their Winter Fuel payments and has now developed into a giving portal for anyone who wants to help support vulnerable people survive the winter. Community foundations have excellent local reach and distribute all donations to people in need. 

Gloucestershire Community Foundation – ‘Surviving Winter’ campaign

Data from the South West Public Health Observatory indicates that death from causes attributable to the cold and poor living conditions has increased. The majority affected were over 75 years old. Older people living alone are most at risk. So, our appeal this year is as important as in previous years.

This does not reflect the real figures. Over 40,000 households live in fuel poverty Gloucestershire. Many suffer in silence during the coldest months often hidden from view, withdrawn from the world around.

Surviving Winter 2016 is a plea for local people who do not need their winter fuel allowance to donate it to Gloucestershire Community Foundation, who will use it to boost the capacity of voluntary organisations, who provide invaluable help and advice to people who need extra assistance in preparing for, and dealing with, the costs of the winter months. Parish councils can apply for funding too.

Funding from donation has been used in several ways, including providing warmth packs and blankets, boiler repairs, funding Meals on Wheels and lunch clubs, supporting homeless shelters, providing winter food parcels, helping people pay their energy bills and better insulate their homes, negotiating with local firewood/coal merchants for a better deal, providing a group with transport to keep them connected during the Winter.

It could also include education on how to say warm, community capacity building, and intergeneration activities; as well as support to Housing Associations to identify/work with tenants that can benefit from the fund

“For some people in our borough, they have to make a choice of whether to heat their homes or whether to eat. This is something which must be tackled at a community/parish level. We need to work hard to find, and then help those most at need.”

Last year, Surviving Winter raised over £4,500 to support fuel poverty projects across the borough.

Local examples include a befriending service to support older people in their homes, which tackled isolation and ensured older people could access local services. Another was a regular lunch club providing hot meals for older people during the colder months.

Through Surviving Winter, we can collectively pool the resources of the community to make a difference to those most in need. By supporting our campaign, you will help make the difference on whether someone can eat or heat their home, and give someone back their independence. This is a choice that no one should have to make, and if you do not need your winter fuel allowance this year then please donate it to Surviving Winter.”


You can donate by sending a cheque to: -Gloucestershire Community Foundation

 c/o The Manor Boddington,



GL51 0TJ

(You can also donate online)


If you want to apply for funding please contact complete the application form, this can normally be processed within a week. Go to  

 If you want to know more about the Surviving Winter appeal or how to support those in need, you can call Gloucestershire Foundation Director, Catherine Kevis on 0755 747 8855, or email her at

This entry was posted on 10 February 2017 at 13:29 and is filed under Stonehouse News | Stroud District Council | Youth and Community | Stonehouse Town Council | Gloucestershire County Council. You can leave a response here.

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