#HeroesOfLondon is shining a light on the humans behind our small charities and the amazing – and vital – work they do in London's communities, during the cost-of-living crisis and every day. We spent the last month meeting just some of these local heroes. The stories you are reading are direct transcripts from our chats with them.
Meet Dominic from Laburnum Boat Club.
I think it's probably true for any organisation that our bills will go up.
Do I see the cost of living affecting the organisation? I think it's probably true for any organisation that our bills will go up. We predominantly work outside on the canal. As we approach winter, it's going to get colder and wetter – yet we need to keep the young people safe, so we have to provide somewhere warm.
Our heating bills will go up. But then also, for some of the young people coming in, it's becoming more obvious that some of them are not getting – shall we say – three meals a day. With kayaking being an active sport, if they're not well fed, then they're likely to harm themselves or not do as well as they could do. It's quite simple. Plus, the young people know that we can provide food – I'm guessing the cost of that will probably also go up.
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