Banking on support

People are being asked to support their local community to ensure everyone has an enjoyable festive season.

From donations to local food banks or community fridges to volunteering time to support a local community initiative, there are plenty of easy ways people can do something small that can make a real difference to those less fortunate.

Buckinghamshire Council suggests there are many ways to help:

* Donate gifts or money to collections such as the Inspire Bucks Christmas Gift Appeal, which distributes new toys and gifts to local children and young people in need.
* Donate items to a local food bank or community fridge.
* Donate to the Heart of Bucks’ together against poverty appeal.
* Volunteer time to a local initiative. Community Impact Bucks runs a volunteering matching service that allows people to match skills and time commitment to volunteering opportunities available, including those within Opportunity Bucks areas.
* Become a Buckinghamshire Food Champion and collect Christmas donations for a street or local area – set up a food collection point on your street (Food Champions).

There are other ways to help others. Visit the council website for more information: How you can help others | Buckinghamshire Council

Arif Hussain, council’s cabinet member for communities, said: ‘Christmas is traditionally a time for giving and so we are asking all those who are able, to think about what they can do to give to support others in their community.

‘The smallest act can make such a difference. Just looking in on an elderly or vulnerable neighbour can give a lift to someone living on their own.

‘We know that Buckinghamshire has a strong community spirit and with cost of living pressures still impacting people, it’s important that those of us who are in a position to help, try to do what we can to support others, so everyone can enjoy the festive season.’

Help at hand:
If the cost of living pressures are affecting you visit: www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/cost-of-living