Applying online If you get Universal Credit, you can apply online if: you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have at least one child under
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 Choices – Enter 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
- SELCE can help you to reduce your energy bills and keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
- Follow the Energy Trust quick tips and advice for quick and easy ways to save energy, lower your bills and reduce your carbon footprint.
- Martin Lewis has information about reducing energy bills on his website.
- Help for vulnerable residents to stay warm and healthy
- Funding is available for low-income households in properties with low energy efficiency rating. Find out more and check if you are eligible to apply.
- Many people on some benefits may be able to get cheaper broadband with what are often called social tariffs. There’s a full list on Money Saving Expert here.
- From Tuesday 1 November Lewisham Council will be offering a Warm Welcome in our local libraries across the borough, where people can come together and use the facilities in a warm, welcoming environment. You can see opening times here.
- Community groups are offering warm spaces where people can pop in. Please check each listing at Lewisham Local for opening times and services provided.
Support with Food Costs
- Sydenham Community Supermarket offers low cost, healthy groceries on your doorstep.
- Pepys Social Supermarket. If you qualify for £3.50PW you can buy approximately £25 worth of food, end of line toiletries and household essentials.
- 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.
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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