- Support with Food
- The Trussell Trust support a nationwide network of food banks and together provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty: https://www.trusselltrust.org/ Use the Find a Food Bank map to find a local Trussell Trust Food Bank: Find a Food Bank – The Trussell Trust
- FareShare redistribute surplus food to charities that turn it into meals, find out more here: FareShare | Fighting hunger, tackling food waste in the UK
- UK Network of Independent Food Aid providers. Find out more here: Independent Food Aid Network UK You can search the Independent food banks map – Independent Food Aid Network UK
- Holiday Activity and Food Programme. In 2021 the Government announced a 3-year funding settlement for the Holiday Activity and food programme (HAF). The programme aims to provide free holiday provision, including healthy food and enriching activities. Find out more To find out about Holiday Activity Food programmes that might be taking place locally, visit your local council website here: https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council
- The BBC website provides Budget recipes, find out more: Budget recipes and advice – BBC Food
- Bills and Household Support
- Find out what support is available to help with the cost of living. This includes income and disability benefits, bills and allowances, childcare, housing and travel – https://www.gov.uk/cost-of-living
- Your local council website may have a section about support to help with the cost of living. Search for your local council here: https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council
- Citizens Advice: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ and Get help with the cost of living – Citizens Advice
- Warm Spaces Initiative
- The Warm Welcome website aims to support organisations to open their doors and provide a warm welcome to those struggling to heat their homes this winter.
Find out more here: https://www.warmwelcome.uk/
It also has more than 4,000 registered organisations that have opened, or are opening free, warm, welcoming spaces for the public over this winter across the UK. You can use this map, to find a warm welcome space: https://www.warmwelcome.uk/#find-a-space (Lots of Public Libraries across the UK have registered as Warm Welcome spaces and provide services such as computer access and Free Wi-Fi).
· Warm Spaces is designed to signpost anyone in need of warmth & community, to a warm space to share with others. Find out more here: https://warmspaces.org/spaces and search for a warm space here: Spaces — Warm Spaces
- Public libraries
- Visit your local public library to borrow books, you can ask or search for books that will help with the cost of living, including cooking on a budget, slow cooking and living on a budget.
- You may also be able to access eAudio books, eBooks and eMagazines/eNewspapers via your public library.
- Public Libraries are also a great place to find out about and join in with a range of free social activities (ranging from rhyme time sessions for little ones, children’s activities, book clubs, social groups and much more).
- Search for your local public library here: https://www.gov.uk/local-library-services