Unexpected financial emergencies are putting people’s health and well-being at risk.

The Coordinated Community Support (CCS) Programme works with local authorities and voluntary and community sector organisations providing emergency support to anyone facing financial crisis.

How Coordinated Community Support can help

Whether it’s losing your job, reduced working hours, a bereavement, relationship breakdown, or the sudden failure of a key household item, financial crisis can happen at any time.

Whatever the nature of the incident, many individuals and families simply do not have the financial resilience and ability to redirect resources to resolve it. A patchy system of emergency provision can lead to people falling through the net without food, fuel or other essentials, and becoming stuck in a cycle. 

The Coordinated Community Support Programme seeks to address the gaps that exist in emergency support through better collaboration between different local stakeholders involved in the provision of assistance. Local partners engaged with the programme are working to bring about systems change that improves awareness of, access to and the coordination of crisis support within their communities. The CCS programme aims to reduce repeat instances of financial crisis for an individual or family by addressing the underlying causes of crises as well as the immediate emergency - including through exploratory strategic litigation partnership work. 

The three-year pilot programme began before the onset of Covid-19 and has worked flexibily with local partners in four pilot areas to respond to the pandemic. Suppored by the CCS Programme team, local authority and voluntary sector representatives are working collaboratively to develop coordinated and sustainable approaches to supporting anyone facing financial crisis. As a learning programme, the pilot facilitates shared learning opportunities between the four areas and a wider learning partner network.