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The current cost of living crisis is something that's on all of our minds. Many of us will be impacted and feel extra pressure at different levels depending on our circumstances.

Just like mental health, our societal and cultural norms around the topic of money means that we might not feel able to speak up when we're struggling. Please remember that you are not alone. We will get through this together.

If you're feeling stressed out by the rising living costs, Off the Record can help. We provide free confidential emotional support to young people (contact us).

On this page you can find links to advice, information and resources to help you get through this difficult time. 

Food Banks

Soup Kitchens / Free hot meals

  • FoodCycle Thornton Heath – Free hot meals every Saturday, 12.30pm. St Alban’s Church Hall, 1 Whitehorse Lanes SE25 6RD
  • FoodCycle Norwood Junction  Free hot meals every Friday, TBC. Oasis Academy Ryelands, Oakley Road, London SE25 4XG 
  • Search for FoodCycle’s in your area https://foodcycle.org.uk/location
  • Big Dinner Evening Service – Free meal of Wednesday evenings, 6.45 - 8.30pm. Holy Innocents Church (Rear of the building), 192A Selhurst Road, SE25 6XX 
  • South Norwood Community Kitchen – Food project every Saturday, 11am – 2pm. Socco Cheta, 44B Portland Road SE25 4PQ 

Warm Spaces & Childrens Centres

Advice and Information

Budget food ideas / recipes

Call us

Support Line 0800 980 7475

Monday to Saturday, 3 to 6pm

Croydon Service 020 8251 0251

Merton Service 020 3984 4004

Sutton Service 020 8680 8899