Forever Manchester are part of the nationwide Surviving Winter campaign.

With the Surviving Winter donations, Forever Manchester support groups such as older people’s luncheon clubs or social groups which give people somewhere warm to go on a regular basis, where they can meet friends, be helped with any problems they have and enjoy themselves.

In June this year fuel poverty figures in Greater Manchester increased at one of the fastest rates in the country, with over 32,000 households in Manchester alone suffering. This is a total of 16% of all houses in the city, which has gone up by 7,000 homes in one year.

The figures also showed that in Trafford, Salford, Bolton, Rochdale and Oldham 11% of households were classed as living in fuel poverty, and in Bury, Tameside and Stockport the figure was 10%.

Donations to the Surviving Winter campaign can be mapped out in the following ways:

Smaller donations

  • £5 would fund a homeless person to have a Christmas meal
  • £10 would fund one older person to attend a Christmas party
  • £20 would fund ten meals at an older people’s group
  • £25 would fund an older or vulnerable person to go on a Christmas outing

Larger donations

  • £500 would fund a Christmas party for a group helping older or vulnerable people
  • £500 would equip a luncheon club for the foreseeable future
  • £875 could fund six months’ rent for a community groups weekly get-together