Welcome to the Lewisham Children and Family Centre Website



On this page you will find information about support available to help with the cost of living rises, including links to websites, information sheets and blog posts.

Benefits Information and Financial Support

  • Childcare ChoicesEnter your details on the website to help find out how you can save money on your childcare. 
  • entitledto’s free benefits calculator can help you find out what you might be able to claim.
  • Financial help if you have children. Includes help when having a baby or adopting, child benefit and tax credits, support for childcare.  
  • Lewisham Council are supporting households as well as signposting people to other support you could be eligible for. Visit their Cost of living crisis webpage.
  • Apply for free school meals and extra support for your child for Lewisham Council. 
  • The South London Healthy Homes programme provides a free winter home, financial and health support package to those most in need.
  • Lewisham Local have created this helpful leaflet for those who might be worried about money, which will signpost you to useful services available.
  • Find information about on the Mayor of London’s website on benefits, grants and discounts you can get if you’re in financial difficulty.

Help with Energy Bills and reducing Household costs

Support with Food Costs

  • Local Community Supermarkets offer low cost and healthy groceries, click to find out how to join.
  • Lewisham Food Bank, if you need help from Lewisham foodbank there are a few simple steps to follow.
  • OLIO is a free app allowing neighbours to offer perfectly good, unwanted food to each other. 
  • Too Good to Go is an app that lets you rescue unsold food from
    shops and restaurants to save it from going to waste.
  • Enjoy company and conversation with others from your local area over a delicious meal, prepared with care by FoodCycle volunteers. Find out more here
  • Over 1600 eligible families in Lewisham are missing out on payments to buy vegetables, fruit, legume/lentils/beans and milk.  For more info on and how to apply visit the healthy start.

Click on these fact sheets below to download

Local Support Organisations

BLG Mind provides a range of high quality mental health support services for adult residents in the borough of Lewisham. This includes specialised support for people from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee communities, for new mums, and for anyone needing help with benefits.

Visit blgmind.org.uk/for more information.

Citizens Advice Lewisham offers the people of Lewisham, especially the most vulnerable, the advice and support they need on a range of issues.

Visit citizensadvicelewisham for more information.

The Early Years Alliance Children and Family Centres provide 1:1 Family Support, Parenting Courses and Domestic Abuse Recovery Programmes to families facing difficult periods and challenges in their lives.

Visit our Support Page for more information.

For more information please read our blog posts on a number of related topics.

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