Steve Chalke, Oasis Founder
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who cannot repay you.”
We’re all hoping for a better Christmas this year, when we can get together with our families and celebrate all that it means.
But Christmas festivities will last only a few days in what is set to be a hard winter for those on low incomes.
The loss of the Universal Credit weekly £20 top-up means 5.5 million families* have seen a sudden £1,040 p.a. drop in income, with many plunged into poverty. Some 60% of these are families are in work, and the ones we know are already telling us they will struggle. Fuel price increases and rising food costs are hitting many households hard. We have waiting lists at our food projects and choosing between heating and eating is a reality for many.
Oasis Community Hub teams across the country work with hundreds of families on the lowest incomes every day of the year, and they are gearing up to ensure children and adults alike get to enjoy presents and treats and a Christmas meal too.
Could you make a gift of £20 or more to help them? Here are just some of the things our Hub Teams have planned and how your gift would help.
*Source: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 2021 Impact of the planned £20-perweek reduction in Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit