Get help with the cost of living.

There are many places for you to get help with the cost of living. Here are some of the things we have at The Sunshine Centre to help and further links for you to explore.

The Sunshine Centre: Support and Advice

Drop in at anytime and someone will help you or telephone 01295 276769

Community Larder

The Sunshine Centre has a Community Larder. This is stocked daily and you are welcome to take up to 5 items per day.

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice is available at the Sunshine Centre on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10am to 12 noon. This is a drop in service with no need to book.

Brighter Futures in Banbury

Community partners in Cherwell have created a poster of useful tips collected as part of the Brighter Futures in Banbury autumn event.

Click to view Cost of Living Tips poster

For further help and advice, take a look at the following links;

Citizens Advice


A national charity offering free advice, Turn2Us connects those struggling financially with the help that’s available. Their resources include a benefits calculator to check someone’s eligibility for government support, a database of grants and a helpline to seek advice.

Step Change

For those struggling with debt on top of this crisis, Step Change offers free advice, linking those struggling with financial support and respite periods to cope with the stress of debt.

Money Advice Trust

Money Advice Service also tackles debt, offering free practical self-help. Thanks to funding from a range of establishments, the charity enables individuals and businesses to apply for support schemes and take the necessary steps to get out of debt.

National Energy Action

This UK charity helps vulnerable and disadvantaged people struggling with their energy bills. As well as offering advice and support, they lobby the government to improve policies to tackle energy poverty.

Energy Saving Trust

For those wondering how to make their home energy efficient, the Energy Saving Trust is a reliable source of advice. From roof insulation to using your thermostat most effectively, the charity can explain how best to cut your energy use and therefore, also your bills.