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What times are you open? and more …

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What times are you open? We are open 12 till 4pm to the public.
So we are open 24 hours a week to the public but even helping someone at 2am in the morning.
We don’t take photos and never will of those that are in need. It was hard enough for them to reach out in the first place.
I’m sure if we took pictures it would boost us as people have said but they are real people we may put their lives at risk etc as we don’t know what is going on.

But all I do know its about making a difference. We will never be about how many we feed but making sure we help so they aren’t dependent on us x

So many horrifying stories some we take to the authorities for justice to be served.
From domestic violence, adoption of children to scams etc.
We never know what story is coming in next x
But we do all that we can to make it an happy ending x

So let’s say goodbye to 2021 and welcome in a fresh new year for 2022.

Blackpools Voice – supporting people-changing lives x
Thank you for your continued support.

No Electric Gas or short of something?

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To anyone who is struggling financially, and has a Pre- Payment Meter
If you have less than £4 on your meter, and don’t get paid for several days… Phone and ask for a “Fuel Voucher” It is £49, and can be applied for twice a year, and you DO NOT have to repay.
A PIN number, is texted to your mobile phone.
Just show it to your top up shop, along with your gas card or electric key.
The Fuel companies do not advertise this scheme…
There is no shame in anyone saying they need help…

People should NOT have to choose between. “Heating and Eating” This is for low income families and people
On Benefits.

ALSO ALL APPLY FOR THIS WORSE THEY CAN DAY IS NO.

Blackpool Council shared this

We know that sudden unexpected costs can be difficult for people facing financial hardship.

The Household Support Fund can help by providing short term financial support to meet immediate needs and help residents who are struggling to afford energy, water bills and other essentials this winter.

As funds are limited, we will prioritise costs relating to energy and water bills but will also consider awarding a grant for other essential costs if there is an impact on the household budget.

These might be costs relating to keeping warm such as:

  • Winter clothing
  • Blankets
  • Draft excluders
  • Window sealants

The scheme can fund boiler service or repair and other essential items will be considered if they effect the ability to afford energy and water costs and remain warm and well this winter (if you live in rented accommodation your landlord is responsible for maintenance, repair or replacement of fixed heating systems and boilers).

Additional help and advice regarding affordable warmth advice and assistance, including; warm homes discount, priority services register, understanding and reducing fuel bills, energy efficiency, budgeting money, dealing with fuel debt, fuel incentives, tariff differences, switching, smart meters, green measures, addressing damp and more is available from the BCH Warm and Healthy Homes project. This service is available to owner occupiers and tenants (not just BCH tenants)

Things we can’t help with

  • Mortgage payments and ongoing housing support
  • Debt advice
  • Council Tax

Additional help with Council Tax may be available from the Council Tax Reduction scheme

Urgent support needs

Please note this is not an emergency support scheme. If you require urgent support with food, gas or electricity, Blackpool Council Discretionary Support Scheme may be able to help

Evidence required

  • Most recent full months bank/building society/savings account statement for you and any other adults in your household
  • For help with gas, electric or water costs, a copy of the relevant bill(s) clearly showing your name, address, account number, date and arrears

Application process

On submitting your application, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provide.

This will confirm your application has been received and provide a reference number for use in any future communication. We aim to process applications as quickly as possible and in the date order they are received.

As we may need to contact you to discuss your application, please ensure your contact telephone number is entered correctly. Any queries relating to your application can be sent to us by replying to the confirmation email.

Fraudulent applications

We are committed to tackling and preventing fraud in all its forms.

If a claimant attempts to claim an award from the Household Support Fund by making a false declaration or providing false evidence or statements, they may have committed an offence under the Theft Act 1968.

Where the council suspects that fraud may have occurred it will investigate the matter as appropriate, and this may lead to criminal proceedings

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Let us know if this helped you.

Where is open over Christmas??

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So hello everyone how are you all doing??

We are continuing to help so many in Blackpool and surrounding areas.

We are going to be updating this page as we find places that are open for food, mental health etc over Christmas.

We are trying to find a venue to open on Christmas day. So many this year are feeling the brunt of everything. From low in money, loss of family members, relationship breakdowns and more.

Please help us to find a hall with a kitchen offices so we can have fun laughter food and mental health support for those need it this Christmas.

We will be open right over Christmas. Only closing Sunday as usual which is Boxing day.

So if you know a venue please give them a call, email etc.

Let’s see what we can do.

Thank you.

Suedavies@blackpoolsvoice.org

Questions Blackpools Voice are asked the most answered here.

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Hello everyone.
Firstly thank you everyone for your continued support.
Just need to give some updates.
Firstly I am currently going through messages. We have plenty in the inbox going through. So to explain different things we are asked.
WHEN ARE YOU OPEN FOR ME TO DROP DONATIONS OFF.
We are open Monday to Saturday 12 till 4pm for you to drop donations off.

All we ask that all items are clean and usable as refusal often offends. Plus when we have to dispose of items it costs the charity money.

WHAT ITEMS ARE YOU WANTING IN THE DONATIONS?

We accept all clean and usable items from Bric a brac, toys, clothes, kitchenware, electrical items, bedding, curtains, books, dvds, food (in date) furniture with fire labels clean and usable but please contact to make sure we have the room in storage for it.

AM I ABLE TO GET A FOOD PARCEL?

Blackpools Voice does an EMERGENCY FOOD BANK. This means we cannot help those wanting a food parcel every week without having an assessment done. We do not like being able to say we gave hundreds of food parcels. To us the goal is to get as many people as possible to NOT need a food parcel.

Also we know that some people are abusing the systems of local food banks and asking all of them for a food parcel. This in turn stops 4 families not getting what they need.

So we ask why you need a food parcel and what can we do to help you. Alot of the time they are on the wrong benefits or don’t know what entitled too. So we will be asking for proof of benefits.

WHAT FOOD CAN WE DONATE TO HELP TO FILL UP THE FOOD BANK?

*Pasta *Rice *Pot noodles *Instant Noodles *Baked Beans *Spaghetti *Soup *UHT Milk *Cereal *Hot dog sausages *tuna *burgers in tin *spam *corned beef *curry *fray bentos pies *chicken in white sauce *Spaghetti bolognese *Ravioli *butter *pasta sauces *crisps *chocolate *crisps *custard *rice pudding. All and anything gratefully recieved.

HOW CAN WE MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO BLACKPOOLS VOICE?

Every single penny is appreciated at Blackpools Voice. Maybe you could donate £1 per week via direct debit. Or an amount you are comfortable with.

So you can donate via:

HSBC Account 42268469 Sort Code 40-12-13 BLACKPOOLS VOICE

PAYPAL www.paypal.me/blackpoolsvoice

Blackpools Voice Fund me – https://gofund.me/62aaca0a

Could your business donate a voucher or do food collection box?? Please contact us.

Any suggestions etc all appreciated please email Blackpoolsvoice@gmail.com

Thank you

HAVE YOU AN AMAZON WISH LIST??

Yes we do have an Amazon Wish List and we have tried to do a varied of priced items to cater for all financial positions. We really do appreciate anything you can do.

Click here for Amazon Wish List https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/1F6IX9J8IVMJ6?ref_=wl_share

COULD YOU ORGANISE COLLECTION OF DONATIONS?

Yes we can but please understand we will fit you in as soon as possible.

Just text or call 07377433434 with a list of items, name and address.

COULD YOU TELL ME MORE REGARDING THE ONLINE AUCTIONS?

Our online auctions were started to raise funds for Blackpools Voice and during the lock down did so much to help people. From support to save loneliness to book in to help with mental health. We have the auctions on our Facebook Page when we go LIVE. We have auctions and buy it nows. The auctions is bidding and buy it now is instant first person who wants it for the price said.

But either you need to text to register to 07377433434 with your name address postcode and date of birth. Once items won they can be collected from Blackpools Voice 42-44 Foxhall Road Blackpool FY15AD or we can arrange local delivery. Just text or call 07377433434.

DO YOU HAVE A SELLING GROUP?

Yes we have Blackpools Voice online auction group come and join and find the bargains.

DO YOU HELP SUPPORT WITH MENTAL HEALTH? Yes we do. Mental health is a very big part of all of what we do behind the scenes. As so many people need support and alot if it stems from mental health that sometimes has built up over the years. If you need support then please get in touch ASAP. Give us as much information as possible. By all means email or call us on 01253584311 or out of hours 07503918213. There is NO CHARGE for our Mental Health Support. Please JUST REACH OUT.

HOW CAN WE JOIN TO VOLUNTEER? Our volunteers are very important to us. We are a big family here to help as many as possible but to do that we always make sure our volunteers are good and happy.

We all have a life story to be fair and we welcome anyone who wants to volunteer. We invite you to come in and have a chat with what you can or can’t do. If you are housebound for any reason we may be able to get you to email companies write letters share posts etc.

Please just get in touch.

HAVE YOU A LIST OF ALL THE PAGE AND GROUP LINKS ETC

Yes here is a list of links that will be useful to you.

What a great week at Blackpools Voice.

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What a FANTASTIC week its been. So much support. So much help going out to those who need it. So much LOVE between people to help and support …. literally SAVING LIVES. From food parcels to advice, college students from Fleetwood Nautical College  coming in to help. Chris Conway and his mum Linda bringing in the rucksacks full of ESSENTIALS for the homeless from Hodgson Academy  GIVING items to Paths 2 Progress Blackpool joining up and supporting people they are helping. SPEAKING to our hero’s the firefighters fingers crossed a calender in the future.
Great Blackpool’s Voice Online Auction- auctions for Christmas HELPING  people at Christmas with gifts but also some of the hampers being donated back for those who haven’t alot for Christmas x
Having a look for another venue to go bigger again x
Giving people support to get into new properties or helping them so they get comfortable in their own home.
Getting people so they dont need the food parcel anymore.Giving COUNSELLING to so many. Giving them their life back. Helping them to LIVE again x to SLEEP again x to go out and meet their family x but to feel CONFIDENT they know everything will be OK.
What a great team. What a great support network we have x what a difference we’ve made x

Please help us to continue and get out there even more. To reach more that are struggling to see the light.

Let’s get it so even more have a very Merry Christmas xx

Please all join up to donate £1 a month or a week to help us. HSBC Account 42268469 sort code 40-12-13 BLACKPOOLS VOICE

Any companies want to donate a voucher to have auctioned on our live to raise much needed funds.

Would you like to volunteer?
Message the page today with your details x various roles available even ones you can do from your own home.

So again EVERYONE THANK YOU XX

Love from us all at Blackpools Voice xxxx
Email Blackpoolsvoice@gmail.com

Chris Conway and his Mum Linda dropping off 40 rucksacks full of essentials for the homeless from Hodgson Academy Thank you so much
Various auctions – great fun raising much needed funds
Partingtons delivered bedding etc to us like they did last year Thank you x

Are you struggling?? How can you get help read on…..

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Are you struggling not sure how you will get through the week month or year?

At Blackpools Voice we help the genuine struggling. We can do alot to help but need to speak to you about your struggles to help you get through them.

FIRSTLY……

Funding has been made available by the government’s Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) to support Blackpool residents who are struggling to afford energy, water bills and other essential expenditure this winter.

The Household Support Fund is a national scheme which will run until 31 March 2022 (subject to funding availability) and is part of a wider support package helping to relieve financial pressure on households with a low income and will support residents who are most in need this winter during the period of economic recovery.

To find out if you are entitled click here. But apply even if you aren’t sure if you will be entitled. Worth a try.

For food we have an Emergency Food Bank.

It’s not for every week. It’s when you are struggling. We will help you by seeing why you can’t afford food and help you to not need the food bank again.

We simply are here to help you not need us not to keep you forever. We help many different people young to old working and not working.

For an instant food parcel if you are IN NEED 36 Foxhall Road Blackpool FY15AD. Between 12 and 4 Monday to Saturday.

If you are unable to collect from us by all means try and another one nearer like His provision who charge £5 and £2 delivery. So all for £7.
Just click here
Or Blackpool Council Discretionary just click here

All we ask for is the truth and respect.

So please come and see us and let’s have a chat about this. No one should be hungry. Come and see us.

If you are in need of furniture and household items we will need some details off you as again we need to see why you are struggling and put things in place for you. So come and see us 42-44 Foxhall Road Blackpool FY15AD bringing documentation to show what benefits etc you are on or your circumstances and proof of where you live.

Struggling with mental health?

Come and see us let’s have a chat and let’s put something in place. Or message the page and we will call you.

Please note we have alot of people so we call back or message ASAP.

Really we do all sorts … if you are struggling please come in and see us and have a chat.

Blackpools Voice

42-44 Foxhall Road Blackpool FY15AD

Email Blackpoolsvoice@gmail.com

Open 12 till 4pm Monday to Saturday. But sometimes emergencies come in and we have to close. But we will see you as soon as possible. Plus if you need an appointment out of those hours please contact us.

If you would like to make a donation to help us help others then every donation gratefully received.
Drop off to 42-44 Foxhall Road Blackpool FY15AD or to make a financial donation HSBC Account number 42268469 sort code 40-12-13
Thank you.

Speak up for mental health via social media.

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How many can relate?
Tough men, young, old all need support too.
Reach out
Or if you know a man struggling right now tell him about us.

Time for change – depression can get anyone and can eventually kill someone help us help more.

Just click here this is my son Jamie.

(Well done Jamie and his team of friends on there keep going)

Please give him a follow, also a gamer who speaks to many with mental health

https://vm.tiktok.com/ZM87o2xg4/

blackpoolsvoice #supportblackpoolsvoice #supportingblackpool #supportingpeoplechanginglives #blackpool #BeHonest #inviteafriend #mensmentalhealth #MensMentalHealthSupport

Here for everyone x

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BLACKPOOLS VOICE
Charity registered in England & Wales: 1192548
42-44 Foxhall Road, Blackpool, FY15AD.
blackpoolsvoice@gmail.com

To all our supporters.

Christmas is fast approaching. For most it will be a happy time, but sadly we have so many people and families with children who will be finding it a struggle.

We are asking for your help please.

We are after a batch of 2022 pocket size diaries so we can customise and sell to raise funding.

If you can donate anything for our auction it will gratefully accepted, and proceeds used to help someone over Christmas.

We hear so many heart-breaking stories and wish we could do more, but we are not funded by grants, council or government and it is a constant battle to keep going.
If you can help in anyway please contact us on Facebook page or email above.
Thank you for reading and all of us at Blackpools Voice would like to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year x

Blackpools Voice Online Christmas Auction Donations.

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Good morning all.
Now we all have that one present we got bought and never used.
Could you please donate and put a note in memory of someone. Or maybe a business would like to donate a voucher for some free advertising in memory of someone.
Whilst doing the Christmas auction on Tuesday 14th December 21 we will do the gifts in memory of the person you have said.
Let’s make it a memorable Christmas auction in aid of Blackpools Voice.

☆☆☆☆Also we have the 100 Club ☆☆☆☆
£2 ago and a chance of winning £100.
Just text 07377433434 to let us know how you are going to pay.
PAYPAL – www.paypal.me/blackpoolsvoice
Or HSBC SC 40-12-13 Account number 42268469.

Donations for the homeless also welcomed so we can give them for Christmas (and in general after Christmas)So soaps, deodorants, boxers, thermals, socks, gloves, hand warmers, sleeping bags, thermal cups etc

Thank you and please share tagging friends and family x

The Blackpools Voice Family x

Merry Christmas Everyone xx
#supportblackpoolsvoice
#blackpoolsvoice
#supportingblackpool
#supportingpeoplechanginglives

Blackpools Voice keeps getting stronger & louder

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Just a quick post in support of Blackpool’s Voice. As you can see in the picture Sue spoke at the Labour Party Regional conference Sunday although we have no political agenda. All the people in this picture are dedicated volunteers, helping and raising awareness in someway.
I have been lucky enough to be part of Blackpool’s Voice’s incredible journey of continous support, care and long hours.
But we see results making a difference in peoples lives. Nearly everyone who calls in for a food parcel has a story to tell which ends up with Sue at the sharp end and usually resolves it, it may be benefit’s, mental health, poor housing, social services, domestic violence I could go on. Some can be resolved by Sue on the day or enquiries made to help or asked to come I’m again.
Mental health is on the increase in Blackpool and we aim to help people just perhaps with a friendly chat if not an assessment is booked with no charge or donation ever asked for and our target is 48 hours to be seen.
We have clients short term but some going on months.
We never set at time scale it is not possible to do this as complex problems can be brought forward in the client.
Our charity we like to think is the voice for the voiceless- those who don’t have one.
COVID has not helped the amount of people unable to leave the house has shocked us.
We are a small dedicated team who don’t boast about how many we have helped.
With Sue going on channel 5 news and the conference it has boosted the cries for help.
We have yet to secure funding. We are continiously doing auctions and sales in the shop to keep a roof over our heads.
I am 72 disabled but help all I can. Sue has fibromyalgia and arthritis to name a few but still puts in at least 12 hours a day.
We desperately need to relocate as the premises we are in needs repair and the rent is high.
Thanks for reading this.
We will be there tomorrow helping more people with no funding which is heart breaking that all the money put into regenerate back streets and help people has somehow missed us as have government grants.
Can you help us carry on our mission please or has any one got property to rent us. Or maybe a large warehouse with offices??
We have a fantastic large group of followers who help all they can.
Our work must carry on for those in need and those with no voice.
You can donate on our page by PayPal or bank transfer any amount is welcome.
Sue our founder , counsellor and CEO is a genuine selfless person who helps anyone any time.
Sorry it’s long but so has our journey please support us or run a small fundraiser.
Click our go fund me link here

Thanks

Brian Perry

Blackpools Voice Trustee and Head of Mental Health.

Need support please get in touch.

SUPPORTING PEOPLE – CHANGING LIVES

42-44 Foxhall Road Blackpool FY15AD