Turn2us is warning that many of those in Derbyshire seeking its help are living without basic home appliances such as a cooker, fridge, freezer or washing machine.
New research into those seeking its help found that a quarter do not have a freezer, while 21% do not have a washing machine.
The research also found that 15% of respondents didn’t have a cooker and 16% didn’t have a fridge.
The charity says that living without basic household appliances can have a serious impact on a person’s health and broader wellbeing, and makes it harder for them to manage on a limited budget.
The research sought to better understand the impact of living without basic household items and identified five main areas of concern:
- Psychological and mental impact
- Physical health concerns
- Cleanliness and the stigma of wearing unclean clothes
- Parenting and childcare
Explaining why the charity is drawing attention to the numbers of people living without a household appliance, Simon Hopkins, chief executive of Turn2us, said: “We have long been aware that many people are living without what most of us consider to be essential items. But worryingly our research reveals the underlying scale and devastating impact of life without basic household appliances.
“Most of us can imagine how a broken fridge or washing machine would be inconvenient or a financial hiccup. But the reality for many households living without essential appliances is an intolerable struggle that’s leaving people further out of pocket and in some instances physically and mentally unwell. For those who are struggling financially, it’s never just about the money - our research shows in stark detail the knock-on effects of not having enough to make ends meet.
“People living without basic home appliances need to know that help is available through charitable organisations. Over £300m in charitable grants is available in the UK – many of the different funds available will provide much needed cash to buy home appliances. It’s obvious to us that more needs to be done to raise awareness of their existence.”
Turn2us is urging anyone who is struggling to purchase household appliances to seek its help.
The charity can help people understand and access the support that they are eligible for and entitled to, particularly eligibility for money that can help with the purchase of household appliances.