DORCHESTER Poverty Action is holding a fundraiser so it can help more people in need during the cost of living crisis.

For more than 30 years the charity has been helping local people in the DT1 and DT2 postcode area at points of crisis by providing emergency grants of up to £250 via a professional’s referral.

During Covid the charity has been particularly busy, but now there are different financial pressures with rapidly rising prices of food, fuel and many everyday items. Over the last few months grants have been given for a washing machine, cooker, nursery equipment, school uniform, basic furniture including a bed, and emergency repairs on a car to get to work.

Over the course of the pandemic the charity implemented an additional £100 grant to help with fuel poverty and this needs to continue. These relatively small amounts of money can prevent debt, homelessness and acute stress.

Residents are urged to support the group’s annual coffee morning to raise money to support more local people in some very difficult situations.

A spokesman said: "Every penny can make a difference, with all money raised locally and spent locally."

The coffee morning is on Saturday, July 2 from 10am-noon at United Church, Dorchester.

There will be refreshments with homemade cakes, stalls and a raffle.