A team from BBC Breakfast spent the morning filming from our community cafe and workshop, to talk about the effects of rising energy prices.
The programme came as a new energy price cap was announced on February 27.
Speaking to some of our team, people we support and members of the local community, the BBC Breakfast team looked at the impact of price rises on both businesses and individuals.
We shared how running costs for our food redistribution work have risen nearly four-fold, while demand for the food being distributed has doubled, as more people experience food poverty or food insecurity. We also talked about the impact of rising costs on the people we support, with many struggling to juggle rising energy, food and living costs. And the BBC team met people who’ve been supported by our offender rehabilitation programme, hearing how being supported into employment has eased pressures for some.
Alasdair Jackson, chief executive, said: “We were happy to welcome BBC Breakfast tand chat about what’s a really pressing issue for organisations and individuals alike.
“We’re impacted by this ourselves, seeing huge rises in costs for our programmes, and we’re also busy supporting people impacted personally. We get food out to people in need, we support people into jobs to give them financial stability, and we offer lots of wrap-around support for people to cope too.
“We’re grateful for the opportunity to shine a light on what we’re doing here and really grateful to our team and participants for sharing their stories.”