Community groups are pulling together, including the Parish Council, to offer help to families and individuals struggling with rising food, bills, and fuel costs


There’s no let-up in the cost of living crisis. But the good news is voluntary groups and charities are pulling together to provide individuals and families in Stansted with some relief.

Citizens Advice are running drop-in advice sessions on Thursdays from 9.30am to 1pm at the Mountfitchet Exchange Library. The focus here is on helping people with spiralling bills and expenses. You can also talk to an CA adviser on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – again, 9.30am-1pm – via a video link up in the library.

The library is itself also serving as a place to escape the cold. Under Essex Libraries Warm Welcome initiative, the library will act as a safe, warm spot where you can use computers and free wifi this winter. The Parish Council will be extending the offer by inviting you out of the cold and into the Mountfitchet Exchange, Mondays to Fridays – 9am-1pm.

Next door, meanwhile, TouchPoint’s Breakfast Club is serving bowls of porridge, cereals, bacon sarnies, and tea & coffee from 8.30-10am on Fridays. And from 4-6pm on Tuesdays, free hot meals and fun activities are being put on for school-age kids, their families, and carers. Weekends have been filled by the charity with Sunday at the Movies — enjoy a classic movie, free cake and refreshments at Day Centre from 1-4pm.