Offering help as a business

We know that many businesses are struggling with rising costs but there are others who feel able to support the communities they are part of.

Community support

If you are a business who can help, you may want to look at our general information on donating money, food and other items and volunteering for local charities on our Cost of living page.

Sheffield Business Together

Sheffield Business Together is a business-led cross sector collaboration, which brings together businesses and charities to address some of the key challenges facing our city. The team work closely with Voluntary Action Sheffield and us to identify opportunities for businesses to support their community. To contact them, please email

Business in the Community

Business in the Community are partners of Sheffield Business Together and work with businesses to continually grow their responsible business practices. They have developed guidance on the different ways that organisations can help to respond to the cost-of-living crisis which is available on their website.

Supporting your employees

One of the most tangible and direct ways any organisation can help alleviate the cost-of-living crisis is to provide support to their own employees. Below are some ideas that you may wish to consider as part of this:

  • paying the living wage
  • set up a cost-of-living task force to understand the needs of your employees
  • consider a one-off cost of living payment
  • signpost employees to the help available across the city
  • establish an emergency loan service for staff
  • champion equality and assess who is being impacted
  • run support and wellbeing sessions
  • encourage employees to receive help by breaking down perceptions of shame and stigma
  • provide free food or a breakfast
  • pay untaken leave

Contact the Community Helpline

0114 273 4567
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 6pm
1 Union Street
Howden House
S1 2SH

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8.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday

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