Seachange in Budleigh has received funding from the National Grid to support towns and villages in East Devon with the cost of living crisis.

The funding will help local communities in Woodbury, Exmouth, Budleigh and surrounding villages.

A pot of money has been made available and held by Seachange to support local families who may need items to help keep them warm, safe and well. Seachange has already supported local families with warmer duvets, blankets and heaters.

As part of this project a team of Seachange staff and volunteers have been out and about across the area  providing “cost of living” pop up clinics to raise awareness of the array of energy saving initiatives available locally – it has been a great opportunity to meet and support different demographic groups within the local community and they have attended local toddler groups; open door; foodbanks; libraries and most recently the Budleigh Salterton Lions Club monthly Bingo evening.

Seachange has been able to purchase a number of slow cookers and books from this pot of funding and thanks to the generosity of the Budleigh Salterton Lions we are working with them to ensure the fair distribution of the slow cookers which we hope in turn will help local families.

Lion Richard Allen, President of Budleigh Salterton Lions Club took delivery of the first batch of Slow Cookers this week.

Richard said: "I was delighted that Budleigh Lions Club could work with Seachange on this project. 

"Hunger and Diabetes are two of Lions Clubs International Global Causes. The provision of Slow Cookers to people in the local community can help provide them with relatively cheap, healthy and nutritious food."