BASINGSTOKE residents attended an event held by Sovereign Housing Association to help with the cost-of-living crisis. 

At the Buckskin Evangelical Church, at the beginning of February, Sovereign and Basingstoke Citizens Advice Bureau held a drop-in open to all residents. 

Regardless of whether they lived in a Sovereign home or not, people had the chance to find out more about the support available from Sovereign, Basingstoke Foodbank and other parties to help with the rising cost of outgoings.

Information was given about how to access work and training opportunities and guidance was provided on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing.

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Stevie Chadwick, community development officer at Sovereign said: “With the cost-of-living crisis on everyone’s mind, our goal at Sovereign is to ensure we provide a comprehensive package of support to those living in our communities. It’s paramount that the people who need our support the most receive it, which is why we hosted this event.

“Feedback from the drop-in has been very positive, which tells us that we’re right to be continuing our investment in our communities - and these much-needed services.

Last year, Sovereign launched a £3m Customer Support Fund to provide targeted support to its most vulnerable customers.

For more information regarding available support, from information on grants and benefits to details of warm hubs, go to