Poverty

The number of families classed as living in poverty is too high and this can have long term effects on the children living in them. In one ward in Blackburn, nearly 30% of the resident population are claiming employment support allowance due to being unable to work due to illness. The England average is just 5%.

There are many organisations that can help you so don’t worry in silence:

Affordable warmth

  • Cosy Homes in Lancashire provides you with access to cost effective ways of keeping your home warm whether you own your home or privately rent.
  • Affordable Warmth is a national community company that helps qualifying homes in the most deprived areas in England
  • Care Network will help you realise that there is a lot you can do to make your home a better place in which to live, particularly when your needs may have changed
  • Age UK For our older residents - don’t wait until a problem gets out of hand, get in touch so they can help with many things relating to money worries.

Advice services

  • Shelter: Not only do Shelter make sure no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own – they also offer debt advice services for the people of Blackburn with Darwen.
  • Care Network: Whether its support for you or someone close to you, support at home or in your community. We will do everything we can to inform you and connect you with quality services for your continued wellbeing.
  • Carer's Service: Support for ‘unpaid’ family members or friends who support a loved one with an illness or disability. This includes those who already receive carer’s allowance.
  • Citizens' Advice Lancs/BwD offers free, confidential, impartial and independent advice and information.
  • Lancashire Women offers advice, help and support for any women living in Lancashire including Blackburn and Darwen
  • Night safe is not just a safe place for our vulnerable young people; they also offer advice for all young people aged between 16-24
  • Age UK can help older people who are at home and need a little extra support with their wellbeing including finances
  • Christians Against Poverty Whether it’s money worries keeping you up at night, you just can’t seem to shake that bad habit, or you’re tired of going for job interviews that never get you anywhere – CAP has a service that can help you.
  • The Blackburn foodbank is working together towards stopping hunger in our local area.

Other help

Home Start volunteers can provide emotional and practical support and friendship to families with at least one child under the age of seven.