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Cambridge City Council

Come to a cost of living popup during February for a money-saving one-stop shop

6 February 2023

THREE more cost of living popups will take place in Cambridge during February, where residents can drop in to a ‘one-stop shop’ to get money-saving ideas.

The popups, with representatives from Citizens Advice, Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and more, will happen alongside regular community events such as a Community Living Room or Community Food Hub, with free refreshments or a meal available at each event.

Some organisations will also be giving out free practical items. Cambridge Sustainable Food offers healthy meals and advice on cooking on a lower budget; PECT gives away free energy-saving products and offers advice to anyone struggling to heat their home; and there will be a limited number of hot water bottles to be given to people who would benefit.

Everyone is welcome to drop in, and all attendees will also be entered into a free prize-draw to win a mini cooker.

Popup schedule

  • Wednesday 15 February, 1 to 3pm at Downing Place United Reform Church (off Downing Street), CB2 3EL
  • Wednesday 22 February, 2 to 4pm at St Andrew’s Church, Coldham’s Lane, Cherry Hinton, CB1 9LN
  • Tuesday 28 February, 9.30am to 12.30pm at Church of the Good Shepherd, Mansel Way, Arbury, CB4 2ET

Drop in for advice on:

  • Checking you’re receiving all the benefits and discounts you’re entitled to
  • Bringing down your household bills
  • Accessing Healthy Start supermarket vouchers for families with young children
  • Saving money on pet care
  • Managing debt
  • Improving energy efficiency at home
  • Employment and training opportunities
  • Looking after your physical and mental wellbeing.

Cllr Mairéad Healy, Executive Councillor for Equalities, Anti-Poverty and Wellbeing, said: “The cost of living crisis means that people are feeling under pressure with their finances.

“These popups are really informal so whatever your circumstances it’s worth dropping in to talk to someone and see what money-saving ideas might work for you.

“It might be that you’re eligible for a weekly supermarket voucher if you’ve got young children. You might not be receiving a discount you’re entitled to, perhaps on your Council Tax or bills. You could be eligible for money towards your energy bills that you haven’t claimed. Or perhaps you have been managing debt OK in the past but, as costs continue to rise, your debt may now be becoming unmanageable – come along to chat to advisors about how to manage this sooner rather than later.”

Anyone needing ideas to save money during the cost of living crisis can also visit the council’s dedicated cost of living webpages.