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Cost of living

Struggling with the cost of living?

Our Cost of Living Assistants are providing face-to-face support in Welcoming Spaces across the city.

If you are struggling with the rising cost of living, Citizens Advice Bristol can give you support and guidance.

We can provide practical guidance around benefits, money, debt and energy. We can also signpost you to specialist advice if you need more assistance.

Our Cost of Living Assistants can help you:

  • Identify possible entitlements to Welfare Benefits or grants
  • Carry out a benefit check online
  • Review your debts, identify debt emergencies and find regulated debt advice
  • Draw up a personal budget, consider your spending and look for ways to reduce your outgoings
  • Understand your utility bills, look at cost reductions (such as grants or support schemes) and direct you to information about energy saving methods
  • Get emergency support such a foodbank voucher or energy vouchers

How to get support

You can find our Cost of Living Assistants in Welcoming Spaces across the city. Please see our current drop-in locations, days and times below.   Please ensure you check our Facebook page for any disruptions to our regular services before leaving home.

Monday Drop-in

Shirehampton Methodist Church

24 High St, Shirehampton, BS11 0DL
Session time: 11am to 2.30pm

Knowle Methodist Church

9 Redcatch Rd, Knowle, Bristol BS4 2EP
Session time: 11 – 1pm

Ambition Lawrence Weston

Ambition Lawrence Weston, Youth Centre, Long Cross, Lawrence Weston, Bristol BS11 0RX
Session time: 2.30 – 4.30pm

Tuesday Drop-in

Refugee Women of Bristol – Easton Family Centre

Beaufort Street, Easton, Bristol BS5 0SQ
Session time: 11.00 – 2.00pm

Shirehampton Methodist Church

24 High St, Shirehampton, BS11 0DL
Session time: 11am to 2.30pm

Redcatch Community Garden

Redcatch CG: Bristol Broadwalk Redcatch Park, Knowle, Bristol BS4 2RD
Session time: 3.30pm – 4.45pm

Wednesday Drop-in

Avonmouth Community Centre

257 Avonmouth Rd, Avonmouth, BS11 9EN
Session time: 12pm to 2pm

 

Thursday Drop-in

St. Werburghs

St Werburghs Community Centre, Horley Rd, St Werburgh’s, Bristol BS2 9TJ
Session time: 10 – 12pm

Ebeneezer Church

Ebenezer Church: 286 Filton Ave, Bristol BS7 0BA
Session time: 10.30 – 12.30pm

Greenway Centre, Southmead

Doncaster Rd, Bristol BS10 5PY
Session time: 12.30 – 2.30pm

Easton Community Centre

Kilburn St, Easton, Bristol BS5 6AW
Session time: 1pm – 3pm

Friday Drop-in

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A Welcoming Space is a place where people can keep warm, socialise with others and access support related to the cost of living. You can find out more about Welcoming Spaces on Bristol City Council’s website.