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
Help for households
Hub of Hope (Put in postcode and search for local services)
Mayor of London information
Cost of Living payment
Tax free childcare
Community equiptment power usage
Your situation - Turn2us
Independent Food Aid Network UK
Help with your heating costs - Asthma + Lung UK
Get help from your supplier - Ofgem
Cost of living pack - East London
Scope - Assistance for disabled people and their carers
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
Citizens Advice - Get help with the cost of living
Stop Loan Sharks
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
Barking and Dagenham money
Step Change - Debt charity
Discretionary hardship support
Free school meals
Citizens Advice - Barking and Dagenham
YMCA Warm Spaces
Warm Spaces list
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
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 Core20plus5NHS@havering.gov.uk.