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Helping our children in the Bradford District keep warm this winter

Frequently Asked Questions

How will the money donated be used?

21,000 children are living in homes where affording the extra heating is difficult.  Donations will be used to

give small grants to our district’s families who have higher fuel bills because children are at home instead of at school, and who might not otherwise be able to pay their fuel bill.

How do we know our donations are going directly to families and children in need?

The scheme is being run by Citizens Advice. Schools and voluntary organisations who work closely with families and children in need will submit referrals to the Citizen Advice.

Recipients will live in a household where at least one of the following applies:

  • Household income, of those responsible for bills, has fallen due to a reduction in wages, either because of a reduction in working hours, a loss of regular overtime or a member of the household has been furloughed.

  • The family is a low-income household (defined as being in receipt of UC, tax credits or other income related DWP / local authority benefit) and fuel costs have increased as a result of children being at home because of school closures.

  • The family live in a household where the child would be entitled to free school meals and fuel costs have increased because the children have had to stay at home because of school closures.

How do we know GiveBradford are reputable?

GiveBradford was launched in 2017 to distribute funds to Community Organisations across the District. GiveBradford is a registered charity (No: 1096892) and is regulated by the Charity Commission. The Charity Commission registers and regulates charities in England and Wales, to ensure that the public can support charities with confidence. As a registered charity, GiveBradford can’t make profits. All the money they raise has to go towards achieving their aims. In this case, GiveBradford will manage the donation administration for the No Cold Child campaign.

5% of money raised will be supporting GiveBradford – why is there this administrative cost?

GiveBradford is a registered charity. Like most charities, 5% of the money raised will go to support the administration costs of the campaign. This is standard practice for charities who have to cover their basic costs.

 

We encourage you to add Gift Aid because then all agency fees are covered by this and your whole donation will go to the cause.

 

For example - you donate £20, £5 of gift aid will be added. After site fees £24.10 remains, GiveBradford would take 5% of this, leaving £22.90 for the cause.

How much money will you be giving to families?

The maximum grant value for families will be £80.00.  This can be split between gas and electricity payments or bills.  This is a one-off payment to households. Only one application is permitted, per household, between the scheme’s launch in January 2021 and its closure on 31 March 2021.

The payment is made directly to energy suppliers on behalf of the families in need.

How long will this last?

The campaign will run until 31 March 2021.

How do you decide on who gets the money?

The scheme is being run by Citizens Advice. Schools and voluntary organisations who work closely with families and children in need will submit referrals to Citizens Advice.

Recipients will live in a household where at least one of the following applies:

  • Household income, of those responsible for bills, has fallen due to a reduction in wages, either because of a reduction in working hours, a loss of regular overtime or a member of the household has been furloughed.

  • The family is a low-income household (defined as being in receipt of UC, tax credits or other income related DWP / local authority benefit) and fuel costs have increased as a result of children being at home because of school closures.

  • The family live in a household where the child would be entitled to free school meals and fuel costs have increased because the children have had to stay at home because of school closures.

How do I know that my donation won’t be spent on other things like cigarettes or alcohol?

No one gets a cash payment. It either goes directly onto a meter card via a Paypoint or directly onto a utility bill. Citizens Advice has established routes to do this and they will be processing all the payments and receiving the money from Give Bradford.

How do we know that the families are really in need?

Referrals will be assessed first by Citizens Bureau against the criteria needed to be eligible.

Recipients will live in a household where at least one of the following applies:

  • household income, of those responsible for bills, has fallen due to a reduction in wages, either because of a reduction in working hours, a loss of regular overtime or a member of the household has been furloughed.

  • The family is a low-income household (defined as being in receipt of UC, tax credits or other income related DWP / local authority benefit) and fuel costs have increased as a result of children being at home because of school closures.

  • The family live in a household where the child would be entitled to free school meals and fuel costs have increased because the children have had to stay at home because of school closures.

What happens if the need for heating from referrals is greater than the money donated? Will families be told no?

We will strive to help every eligible household that needs us. We will keep fundraising and sourcing support from wherever we can until no child is left cold.

Don’t people already have winter fuel grants?

Winter fuel grants are for people who are in receipt of benefits. The No Child Cold campaign aims to support people who are not on benefits but may be struggling financially because of the pandemic. This may be from a reduction in wages, either because of a reduction in working hours, a loss of regular overtime or a member of the household has been furloughed.

Why is this scheme needed now more than other winters?

The pandemic has impacted families across the District more than before due to lockdown restrictions including non-essential businesses not being able to open and residents everywhere being told to remain at home. Some families have seen a reduction in wages, either because of a reduction in working hours, a loss of regular overtime or a member of the household has been furloughed.

Why are you only supporting children? Why not the elderly who are vulnerable too?

The elderly fuel allowance is already in place as a method of support. We are aiming to support people who didn’t know or expect to be in this position this year.

Why isn’t the Council supporting these children?

In unprecedented times, additional costs arise. Funds are being drawn from the council where possible but additional resources are needed to help those in need.

How does the cold affect learning?

It is much harder to concentrate when you are cold and it becomes especially difficult to retain knowledge.

How did you get to the figure of 21,000 children?

We know that 28% of children in our Bradford District live on or below the poverty line. We have based the 21,000 children we believe are in need from this figure.

How can we trust it when there’s so many scams going around, is this a scam too?

No Child Cold is not a scam. It is a partnership project with a range of trusted organisations within the Bradford District including:

  • Bradford Cathedral

  • Bradford Chamber of Commerce

  • Bradford Council

  • Bradford District Care Trust

  • Community Action Bradford & District

  • Give Bradford

  • Incommunities

  • Race Equality Network

  • The Cellar Trust

  • Yorkshire Building Society

  • Yorkshire Water

  • The Telegraph & Argus

Warm Clothes Appeal

Where do I donate clothes?

We have drop off points across the district, if you would like to become a drop off point please get in touch and we can explore this option, please get in touch via email info@nochildcold.org 

Current drop off points are:

Yorkshire Building Society- Thomas Duggan House, Well Croft, Shipley, BD18 3QH (Monday - Friday 9.30 - 14.30)

Airedale Shopping Centre – (opposite WH Smith) Hanover St, Airedale Centre, Keighley, BD21 3QQ (Monday - Saturday 

9.00 - 17.30, Sunday 10.00 - 16.30)

Yorkshire Building Society - Howard House, 6 Bank St, Bradford, BD1 1EE (Mon- Fri 9.30 - 14.30)

Winter Gardens - Station Rd, Ilkley, LS29 8HB (Monday - Sunday 9.00 - 17.00 collection outside if the building is locked)

 

What age ranges are these clothes for?

We need items for school age children ages 4-16. If we receive items for younger or older children we will still make sure they go to someone in need.

 

How do I make sure my donation is Covid safe?

Please place your donation in a bag (a carrier bag is fine) and label it with girl or boy and the age you think the item is suitable for. This means we can sort the items without touching the contents for at least 72 hours.

 

What clothing do we specifically need?

We are collecting clothes that can help children stay warm in the home, scarves, hats, jumpers, socks and blankets are priority.

 

Can I organise an individual collection?

Unfortunately not, we are working with volunteers to administer this project and don’t have capacity for door to door collections.

 

Does the clothing need to be new?

We are requesting new or nearly new and clean items.

 

How are you deciding who gets the clothes?

We are working with agencies across the district to ensure families in need receive the items. Food banks; schools and organisations that work closely with families living in poverty are supporting us with this.

 

Why are we asking for clothing donations and money donations?

The No Child Cold campaign aims to support people who are not on benefits but may be struggling financially because of the pandemic. This may be from a reduction in wages, either because of a reduction in working hours, a loss of regular overtime or a member of the household has been furloughed.

 

​Why is this scheme needed now more than other winters?

The pandemic has impacted families across the District more than before due to lockdown restrictions including non-essential businesses not being able to open and residents everywhere being told to remain at home. Some families have seen a reduction in wages, either because of a reduction in working hours, a loss of regular overtime or a member of the household has been furloughed.

How does the cold affect learning?

It is much harder to concentrate when you are cold and it becomes especially difficult to retain knowledge.

 

Why isn’t the Council supporting these children?

In unprecedented times, additional costs arise. Funds are being drawn from the council where possible but additional resources are needed to help those in need.

adult and child in a blanket warming feet on a heater with socks on
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Please note: due to children returning to school, the Fund will close to new applications from 5pm on Monday 8th March 2021