A lot has happened in the last five years and the changes we have made in terms of the Fuel Bank Foundation brand represent how the charity has and is continuing to evolve to support those in fuel crisis in what are challenging and uncertain times for many people. Today, the charity is more relevant than it has ever been.
The number of people seeking help from food banks and advice agencies in the UK has risen significantly in the last few years. There are currently more than 1,000 food banks providing informal support to people in crisis in the UK. Fuel poverty is often one of the main issues for those who find themselves in financial distress.
According to Citizens Advice, every year 140,000 households cannot afford to top up their pre-pay meter. In today’s society that shouldn’t be happening. People shouldn’t have to make the choice between heating their home or putting food on the table.
This is reason Fuel Bank was set up – to raise awareness of fuel poverty and to provide critical, emergency support to those who need it most.
Originally established by npower in 2015, Fuel Bank Foundation became a fully independent charity in 2017. As a charitable trust we are able to support more customers and work with a wider range of partners, including local authorities, housing associations, local debt support charities and community groups, across the country.
As the UK’s leading fuel poverty charity, to date Fuel Bank Foundation has supported more than 300,000 people and provided emergency credits totalling in excess of £4.5m. We have also set up 129 Fuel Bank Centres around the UK.
But there is much more that we can and want to do. The charity’s rebrand and new website, as well as creating a new image that’s less corporate and more friendly and accessible, has given us fresh impetus to push forward and build on the achievements of the last five years.
Thank you to all our partners and supporters for your continued support.
If you would like to work with us, please get in touch.