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.

SUPPORT AVAILABLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY

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

Coronavirus information and support: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/complete-ban-on-evictions-and-additional-protection-for-renters

Local Support

Your local council will also have a list of support available – find your local council’s website here: https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council

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

https://covidmutualaid.org/


 

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

Trussell Trust: https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/

Independent Food Bank Network: https://www.foodaidnetwork.org.uk/

Get a grant:

 

Turn 2 Us – You can search for other organisations who can provide grants on this website https://www.turn2us.org.uk/

You can search for available grants here : https://grants-search.turn2us.org.uk/?_ga=2.118434186.2028893780.1585809797-725675490.1585809797.

 

St Vincent de Paul – A charity linked to the Catholic Church who can provide support for those in financial hardship – apply on the website https://www.svp.org.uk/request-help or ask at your local church

 

Art council for any individuals working in the cultural sector

https://www.actiontogether.org.uk/arts-council-england-emergency-funding-package

 

Get advice

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Citizens Advice – Free advice service, including information on benefits you are entitled to. Find your local service here  https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/contact-us/search-for-your-local-citizens-advice/ or call the national helpline on 03444 111 444

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

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/coronavirus/

 

Christians Against Poverty – Local groups all over country who can offer advice, support and in some cases grants - https://capuk.org/

 

The Law Centres Network – Legal advice on a range of areas including disability rights, benefits and immigration. Find your local Law Centre here: https://www.lawcentres.org.uk/i-am-looking-for-advice

 

Shelter – Advice on housing - https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help or call

0808 800 4444

 

CRAWLEY

Crawley Citizens Advice Bureau

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/contact-us/search-for-your-local-citizens-advice/local-citizens-advice-details/?serialnumber=101011

Crawley Hubs to Help the Vulnerable

https://www.crawleycommunityaction.org/covid-19/crawley-hubs-to-help-the-vulnerable/

 

Information on Crawley Benefits changes

https://www.crawleycommunityaction.org/poverty-homelessness/changes-to-benefits/

 

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

http://crawley.gov.uk/coronavirus/supporting-community/financial-support

http://crawley.gov.uk/coronavirus/supporting-community/local-support-organisations

 

Crawley Wellbeing Service

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

https://crawley.westsussexwellbeing.org.uk/

 

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 https://www.crawleyopenhouse.co.uk/

 

Crawley Mutual Aid Group – This local group of volunteers can offer support with basic tasks - https://www.facebook.com/groups/664329407675639/

 

Christians Against Poverty Debt Advice Centre Crawley – They can offer free advice about managing debt https://elim-church.org.uk/cap

 

Carers’ Support West Sussex – If you are caring for a friend or relative, they can offer advice on the support you are entitled to - https://www.carerssupport.org.uk/

MANCHESTER

Greater Manchester Facebook COVID-19 Mutual Aid Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/312651239683325/

Manchester Community Central – This group brings together volunteers from across Manchester  https://www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/

Manchester City Council Central Hub – Coronavirus support for those who are in need with no other source of support - https://www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/news/central-hub-launches-manchester-support-citys-most-vulnerable-residents or call 0800 234 6123

 

Main information from Manchester City Council on Coronavirus and support available

https://secure.manchester.gov.uk/info/500361/coronavirus/7928/coronavirus/2 

 

Discretionary Housing Payments Manchester – Short term help with your rent

https://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/200008/benefits_and_support/1342/get_discretionary_payments_dhp_and_dctp 

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

https://www.manchester.gov.uk/community

Manchester City Council Benefits and Support information

https://www.manchester.gov.uk/benefits  

Giving World – Free Supplies to individuals

https://www.actiontogether.org.uk/free-supplies-through-giving-world

 

NHS-related charities in Greater Manchester – The NHS has a range of related charities who may be able to provide support – full list here https://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/voluntary-support-organisations/  

 

LONDON

Croydon Council urgent support – Croydon Council are offering a range of support services to those facing hardship Visit  https://www.croydon.gov.uk/healthsocial/phealth/coronavirus-information/support-for-hardship-or-difficulties 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 https://cvalive.org.uk/coronavirus/

 

 

 

Debt & benefits advice services

Croydon Debt Advice – Croydon Council has a list of local free advice services on debt management https://www.croydon.gov.uk/advice/benefits/welfare-benefits/wrtdebt

 

Debt Free London (various branches across London) https://www.debtfree.london/

 

Oasis Debt Advice (Southwark & Lambeth) https://www.oasisuk.org/adviceandsupport

 

Meridan Money Advice (Greenwich & Lewisham) https://www.greenwichcommunitydirectory.org.uk/kb5/greenwich/directory/service.page?id=l3zCPXuYF5I

 

The Sherriff Centre (Brent)  https://thesherriffcentre.co.uk/the-charity/

 

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

 

Toynbee Hall (Tower Hamlets) https://www.toynbeehall.org.uk/free-advice/

 

Limehouse Project (Tower Hamlets) https://limehouseproject.org.uk/our-advice-services/

 

Island Advice Centre (Tower Hamlets) http://www.island-advice.org.uk/

 

Crosslight Debt Advice (West London) https://www.crosslightadvice.org/

 

The Cardinal Hume Centre (Westminster) https://www.cardinalhumecentre.org.uk/need-help/

 

Mary Ward Legal Centre (Westminster) https://www.marywardlegal.org.uk/

 

Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Westminster) https://www.z2k.org/get-help/

 

The Passage (Westminster) https://passage.org.uk/information-support/

 

Advice4Renters (Brent) https://www.brent.gov.uk/your-community/community-directory/advice-4-renters-brent-private-tenants-rights-group/