Our Wellbeing Fund offers customers the opportunity to apply for funding if you are struggling to manage your household bills during these difficult and challenging times.
The fund can help cover the cost of food, essential items such as school uniforms, energy and utility costs, as well as helping to bridge the gap between a benefit application and receiving first payment. You can find out more in the drop-down sections below.
As you can appreciate, due to the current cost of living crisis, many people and families are struggling, which has resulted in a huge rise in customers seeking help from our Wellbeing Fund and submitting online applications.
It may, therefore, take us a lot longer than normal to get back to you when you make an initial application to the Fund. Please bear with us as our colleagues are working as quickly as they can to review and progress applications.
Applying for Wellbeing Funding
You can apply for Wellbeing Funding by completing the application form in the ‘Wellbeing Fund Online Application Form’ drop-down section below.
If you are in urgent need, your local food bank may be able to help you. The Trussell Trust run a large number of foodbanks across the country. You can find out where your closest local food bank is here.
The Citizens Advice also offer guidance, along with signposting to other organisations who can help.
You can also find out more in our dedicated ‘cost of living’ area on this website.
Should you be feeling distressed and urgently need to talk to someone in confidence, please call the Samaritans for free from any phone on 116 123. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you are concerned about someone else, please encourage them to do the same or report your concerns to your local authority safeguarding team.
Our Wellbeing Fund offers ESSENTIAL SUPPORT for
If you are struggling to buy food and costs are spiralling due to extra supplies needed for home schooling/working from home, we may be able to help reduce the pressure.
Do you need support to purchase household items such as uniforms, clothes, cleaning products, sanitary items and grooming products?
ENERGY AND UTILITY COSTS
We can help wtih high heating costs, high rate debt repayment meters and water costs.
NEW BENEFIT CLAIMS
The Benefits system is never easy to navigate and we know this may be the first time you have had to use it. We can help bridge the gap between your first payment and any unplanned spend.
Our Wellbeing Fund offers SUPPORT PACKAGES for:
EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING
If you're looking for help with training or accreditation costs or need sponsorship for tuition or a course, we can help. We can also give practical help with travel costs or workwear to get started in a new job. We have also joined forces with Stay Nimble to offer FREE online career coaching. Find out more here.
HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE/WHITE GOODS
We know it's tough when you need to replace white goods/furniture or you have moved home and need help to get furnishings.
We can help with the cost of devices and a host of other digital needs.
HEALTH & WELLBEING
Give your physical and mental health and wellbeing a much needed boost with support for classes, activities and groups.
We know that we cannot single-handedly improve livelihoods and empower our communities. If we are to help we need the involvement of local experts and trailblazers.
The last 12 months have reminded us about the power of communities and how they can pull together in times of crisis to support those most in need. We want to support this and help our community partners continue their great work and bounce back even stronger. That's what the Special Projects element of our Wellbeing Fund is all about.
It is here to help fund place-based organisations or charities projects that:
Promote Community cohesion & empowerment
Improve Community safety
Improve the local environment & sustainability
Tackle domestic abuse and take safeguarding action
Help communities stay connected – reducing isolation and loneliness
Tackle digital inclusion
Promote health & wellbeing
So if you are a charity or local group that needs support to deliver essential community improving initiatives, please fill in the form at the bottom of the page. It only takes a couple of minutes to complete.
You can also access funds through our customer-led Community Chest Fund. Click here to find out more.