Cost of living advice and guidance
North Somerset Council has pulled together a number of helpful cost of living sources of support, our website provides guidance around:
- Support available from the government and cost of living payments
- Energy and heating advice
- Short term financial help
- Support for homelessness
- Mental health support
- Food banks
- Other useful links
Mental health and wellbeing
Cost of living pressures can affect our mental health and wellbeing leading to us feeling stressed, anxious or low. In difficult times it’s really important to reach out to others for support.
There are number of local and national organisations who can support you with mental health, find their details at the link below.
Quit smoking and save
Someone who smokes 20 cigarettes a day could save over £3,500 a year by quitting smoking.
We can help you to stop smoking. It’s the single most important thing a smoker can do to improve their health and has a huge financial benefit too. You are 3 times more likely to quit smoking with free support from our Stop Smoking Team than by going it alone.
This service is free to any smoker aged over 16 years living or working in North Somerset.
Find healthy and budget-friendly meals for your family
There are ways to keep food bills down and still make healthy and nutritious meals. The links below will take you to budget-friendly recipes, guidance on how to cook with less energy, and ways to save on food costs.
Get help to reduce drinking or substance misuse
When things get hard, some people may turn to alcohol or drugs to help them manage. We provide support to help you to change this and to get back on track.
It’s important to continue looking after yourself. Being physically active, even if that’s just walking, cycling or doing other activities you enjoy, can have a positive impact on your health, helping you to manage stress and improve the quality of your sleep.
Being physically active doesn’t need to cost the earth. There are lots of free options to get you moving, visit our physical activity pages to find hints and tips on getting started.
When things are feeling difficult, it’s really important to reach out for help.
When it comes to your health and wellbeing, if you’re at all worried make sure you speak to your GP, nurse or other health professional. They are there to support you and it’s important not to bottle things up.