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Cost of living drop-in event provides helping hand for Basingstoke residents

Residents in Basingstoke are better off thanks to a recent cost-of-living event organised by Sovereign Housing Association.

Held at the Buckskin Evangelical Church earlier this month alongside Basingstoke Citizens Advice Bureau, the drop-in provided a welcome opportunity for residents to find out more about the support and services on offer in the community.

The event was open to all Buckskin residents, regardless of whether they live in a Sovereign home.

Residents had the chance to find out more about the support available from Sovereign, Basingstoke Foodbank and other parties to help with the rising cost of outgoings. Information was given about how to access work and training opportunities and guidance was provided on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Stevie Chadwick, Community Development Officer at Sovereign said: “With the cost-of-living crisis on everyone’s mind, our goal at Sovereign is to ensure we provide a comprehensive package of support to those living in our communities. It’s paramount that the people who need our support the most receive it, which is why we hosted this event.

“Feedback from the drop-in has been very positive, which tells us that we’re right to be continuing our investment in our communities - and these much-needed services.”

Over the last few months, Sovereign has stepped up its cost-of-living support. Last year, it launched its sector-leading £3million Customer Support Fund to provide targeted support to its most vulnerable customers.

As well as this event, numerous measures are in place to support residents living in its communities – from information on grants and benefits, to details of warm hubs and food banks which can help. A dedicated webpage has already been set up which includes lots of targeted information and advice.