Quaker Social Action

Practical support during the toughest of times

The pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities in east London and around the UK. With your help, Quaker Social Action can ensure its practical action can continue to offer support to people living on low incomes during the toughest of times.

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 (1069157)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£64,000

Amount raised

£64,072

Donations

249

Championed by Anonymous Champion

    Categories

  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • OtherOther

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

The pandemic has taken its toll on people both financially and mentally. For some, it has increased the already heavy burden of financial insecurity, and for others, they are facing instability for the first time. The number of people claiming JSA or universal credit has almost doubled in comparison to 2020. Many are struggling to meet daily living costs, their financial and mental wellbeing is suffering and events such as a funeral for a family member, are a sudden and unaffordable expense.

Solution

Guided by Quaker values - truth & integrity, equality & justice, simplicity & sustainability - QSA listens and works with people on low incomes to offer practical support: • A national helpline for those unable to afford funerals • Programmes to help people improve their financial and mental wellbeing • The UK’s only supported housing project for young adult carers • Offering practical assistance to homeless and marginalised people • Promoting positive change through training and campaigns

  • Arranging a funeral and having to find monies that were not available or left, was so stressful, until Clare phoned me. From that day everything became calmer. She helped me at a time when I most needed it as I felt so vulnerable, stressed and did not know where to turn.

    — Louisa, Down to Earth client

  • My mind feels a lot calmer. I've got a bit of a washing machine brain, it's constantly on the go. Just learning mindfulness techniques helped to calm it down.

    — Andy, This Way Up participant

  • For me it's important to have my own space where I can be vulnerable and then pick myself up when I need to. It's so much better to be in a good mental state so that you can support someone else.

    — Emine, Move on Up participant