Information on National and Local Covid -19 Financial and Community Assistance support for Individuals

List as of April 2020. The UK Chagos Support Association will update this list as new sources for individuals become available.Local support services in Crawley, London and Manchester are listed below. But support available throughout the UK is listed first.


Please note that the government has announced a complete ban on eviction for all private and social renters:

Coronavirus information and support:

Local Support

Your local council will also have a list of support available – find your local council’s website here:

Local COVID-19 Mutual Aid Groups – these are local groups of volunteers who can help with a variety of basic tasks for those needing assistance


Find a Food Bank – Food Banks can give you free food – you may sometimes need a referral from

Trussell Trust:

Independent Food Bank Network:

Get a grant:


Turn 2 Us – You can search for other organisations who can provide grants on this website

You can search for available grants here :


St Vincent de Paul – A charity linked to the Catholic Church who can provide support for those in financial hardship – apply on the website or ask at your local church


Art council for any individuals working in the cultural sector

Technology and data for children learning at home

Government support for children learning at home who lack regular access to either technology (for example laptops) or mobile data or wifi to complete learning at home are available. Find more information here:

Get advice


Citizens Advice – Free advice service, including information on benefits you are entitled to. Find your local service here or call the national helpline on 03444 111 444

Age UK – for general (non-financial) help and support


Christians Against Poverty – Local groups all over country who can offer advice, support and in some cases grants -


The Law Centres Network – Legal advice on a range of areas including disability rights, benefits and immigration. Find your local Law Centre here:


Shelter – Advice on housing - or call

0808 800 4444



Crawley Citizens Advice Bureau

Crawley Hubs to Help the Vulnerable


Information on Crawley Benefits changes


Crawley Council – advice on financial help e.g. council tax, food, local support, shopping help and community hubs


Crawley Wellbeing Service

Crawley has a wellbeing service for those that need help with food and medicine deliveries.


Please call the following number: 01293 438000 and select option 2 for the Help Hub. Ben Cochrane is the Wellbeing Advisor and the general number for Crawley Wellbeing is 01293 585317.


Crawley Open House – A local charity who provide advice and support for anyone in financial difficulty or at risk of homelessness. They also run a food bank where you can get food


Crawley Mutual Aid Group – This local group of volunteers can offer support with basic tasks -


Christians Against Poverty Debt Advice Centre Crawley – They can offer free advice about managing debt


Carers’ Support West Sussex – If you are caring for a friend or relative, they can offer advice on the support you are entitled to -


Greater Manchester Facebook COVID-19 Mutual Aid Group

Manchester Community Central – This group brings together volunteers from across Manchester

Manchester City Council Central Hub – Coronavirus support for those who are in need with no other source of support - or call 0800 234 6123


Main information from Manchester City Council on Coronavirus and support available 


Discretionary Housing Payments Manchester – Short term help with your rent 

General information on voluntary organisations and community groups who may be able to offer support in Manchester

Manchester City Council Benefits and Support information  

Giving World – Free Supplies to individuals


NHS-related charities in Greater Manchester – The NHS has a range of related charities who may be able to provide support – full list here  



Croydon Council urgent support – Croydon Council are offering a range of support services to those facing hardship Visit or call 020 8604 7787


(Most other London councils will have similar services available – contact your local council for more information)


Croydon Voluntary Action are offering a range of support to those facing urgent difficulties due to Coronavirus




Debt & benefits advice services

Croydon Debt Advice – Croydon Council has a list of local free advice services on debt management


Debt Free London (various branches across London)


Oasis Debt Advice (Southwark & Lambeth)


Meridan Money Advice (Greenwich & Lewisham)


The Sherriff Centre (Brent)


Christians Against Poverty Debt Advice Centres (various branches across London)


Toynbee Hall (Tower Hamlets)


Limehouse Project (Tower Hamlets)


Island Advice Centre (Tower Hamlets)


Crosslight Debt Advice (West London)


The Cardinal Hume Centre (Westminster)


Mary Ward Legal Centre (Westminster)


Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Westminster)


The Passage (Westminster)


Advice4Renters (Brent)