Community Foundation For Wakefield District

Fuel Poverty Campaign - Give the Gift of Warmth

In the Wakefield District there are many hundreds of people still living in fuel poverty. People who spend every hour in bed just to keep warm and families that have to choose between eating and heating their homes. This campaign raises funds to pay for Emergency Winter Fuel Grants for these people.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1121884)

Check mark Match funded

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  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind


United Kingdom


Wakefield District is a hard-working district but there are several areas high in deprivation, which has led to the creation of food banks and community hubs, all working hard to alleviate poverty. The impact of the Coronavirus has only worsened the situation due to rises in unemployment and, the elderly feeling lonely and isolated. This has left support systems stretched, leaving individuals, families and the elderly extremely vulnerable to increased fuel costs this winter.


We will work with our supporters and sponsors, together with our partners Wakefield District Housing (WDH) and Wakefield Council to raise funds and aim to provide Emergency Winter Fuel Grants to deprived individuals, families and the elderly. The grants will be distributed through the Wakefield Council's Welfare Department to help ensure that these impoverished individuals are able to pay their fuel bills, thus enabling them to keep warm this winter.

  • Fuel Poverty is a real issue impacting on many of our tenants. We increasingly find people are having to make the difficult choice of whether to ‘heat or eat’. Grants provided by the Community Foundation have been a massive help, ensuring that hundreds of people have been able to heat their homes.

    — Tim Craven, Social Investment Manager, WDH

  • This is a fantastic opportunity to support vulnerable people through the Big Give initiative. Wakefield Council welcomes again the opportunity to work with the Community Foundation to attract funding which will make a massive different to families, particularly at Christmas time.

    — Cllr Maureen Cummings, Communities, Poverty and Health, Wakefield Council