Cost of Living Assistance

As you are aware, we are currently living in a Cost of Living crisis and this will impact immensely on all of us. We understand that some patient groups will be more vulnerable to the effects of this crisis than others.

Rising prices are impacting every single household, but the reality is that the least affluent are being hardest hit. With a greater percentage of their household income going on essentials such as food and energy, many households are already struggling to cope.

Being able to identify and support those in greatest need is now at the forefront of Trust wide services.

Below are useful links that could assist you and your families. This list is not exhaustive, but covers the main areas available to assist. This includes what financial assistance is available to you.

General links and resources

Entitled to (Benefits check)  

Find a food bank

Baking a difference

Baking a difference | Free Cakes for Kids UK

Help for households

Help for Households - Get government cost of living support

Hub of Hope (Put in postcode and search for local services)

Mayor of London information

Help with the cost of living | London City Hall

Cost of Living payment 

Cost of Living Payment - GOV.UK (

Tax free childcare

£2,000 in government funding available to help with childcare costs - GOV.UK (

Substance/alcohol misuse

Domestic abuse

Women's Aid

Warm Spaces

Warm Spaces

Warm Welcome

Find a Warm Welcome Space Today

Community equiptment power usage

NELFT Community Equipment Power Usage information leaflet.pdf [pdf] 103KB

Your situation - Turn2us

Your situation - Turn2us

Independent Food Aid Network UK

Independent Food Aid Network UK

Help with your heating costs - Asthma + Lung UK

Help with your heating costs | Asthma + Lung UK (

Get help from your supplier - Ofgem

Get help from your supplier - Priority Services Register | Ofgem

Cost of living pack - East London

Cost of Living Pack - East London.pdf [pdf] 468KB

Scope - Assistance for disabled people and their carers

Money worries

Advice for employees on sickness absence and sick pay if you need to take time off due to chronic pain, from ACAS

Government information regarding financial support for disabilities

How to claim universal credit and other benefits

How to claim back your healthcare travel costs

How to adapt your home, home safety, and moving to get more support

Financial, practical, employment, technology and wellbeing support for carers

Cheaper broadband

Cheaper broadband for struggling families: 14 August 2022 - GOV.UK (


About StepChange. The UK's Largest Debt Charity.

Citizens Advice - Get help with the cost of living

Get help with the cost of living - Citizens Advice

Stop Loan Sharks

Stop Loan Sharks.pdf [pdf] 128KB

Managing your mental health

Guidance for supporting your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak (from Public Health England)

NHS top tips for coping with anxiety

Information to support your wellbeing (from mental health charity Mind)

Find NHS Psychological Therapies

Confidential, emotional support from Samaritans, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

London Borough of Havering

Money advice and beneifts help - Havering Borough council

'Council agrees annual budget and package of support to help with the Cost of Living' - Article

Havering emergency assistance scheme

Havering citizens advice

YMCA Warm Spaces

YMCA Warm Spaces, 29 Rush Green Road, Mondays and Fridays from 10AM to 2PM

Data Poverty

Are you struggling to access information and support, because you don't have enough mobile phone data?

Core20Plus5 have teamed up with Data Tank to supply those in need in Havering with extra mobile phone data to ensure that they can access support and information, such as booking GP appointments.

If you or somone you know is on a low income and doesn't have access to the internet at home, please contact us to see if you qualify for assistance.

The application process is quick and simple if you meet the criteria. Let's solve mobile/internet data poverty together! 

Contact 01708 432285 or email


London Borough of Redbridge

London Borough of Waltham Forest