We recognise that many families are struggling with their finances in this current economy and would like to signpost families towards some help and support they can access.
The Greggs Foundation
The Greggs Foundation operates a hardship fund where you can apply for grants to buy white goods such as fridges, washing machines and cookers. They also offer grants to buy furniture, clothing, baby equipment and flooring. Grants are usually for £100 – £150.
Applications are reviewed weekly. Families and those in significant financial hardship will be prioritised.
You can apply at www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/grants/hardship-fund
Turn 2 Us
Turn 2 Us is a charity that supports families nationwide. Their website has a benefits calculator tool which helps you to work out which benefits you may be entitled to. There is also the option to search for grants that you may be able to apply for based on your personal circumstances.
Their website is www.turn2us.org.uk
Durham Welfare Assistance
Durham Welfare Assistance can support people in two ways.
They can help with Daily living expenses to help meet your immediate short-term need for goods or services that arise due to a disaster or unforeseen circumstances. This may include direct help with your gas & electricity or a food parcel.
They also offer Settlement grants to help you remain in the community, or move back into the community, after a period in supported or unsettled accommodation. This will be achieved by providing access to a range of standard items such as beds, bedding, furniture and white goods.
For more information and to apply, visit www.durham.gov.uk/article/5338/Welfare-assistance-scheme
Durham Welfare Rights
Durham Welfare Rights support people by giving you information on what benefits you might be entitled to and how to claim them. Checking that you are getting the right amount of benefit. Advising you on what will happen if your circumstances change. Giving you advice on how to ask for a reconsideration of a decision, or appeal against it.
Citizens Advice are able to offer advice and guidance on a very wide range of issues. The nearest centre is based in Bishop Auckland. They can be contacted at:
Four Clocks Centre 154a Newgate Street BISHOP AUCKLAND County Durham DL14 7EH
03444 111 444 AdviceLine – Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm
0300 323 2000 – Debt Advice Line Monday to Friday 9am to 12 noon
0300 323 1000 – To cancel or rearrange appointments
As always, our Parent Support Advisor, Julie Bray, can be contacted to offer support and guidance. She is also able to access the foodbank for our families. She can be contacted at Willington Primary School 01388 746414 Option 2. Or on 07825 341243