If you need help and support accessing any of the services below – or you could do with our free advice, information and support – please contact us via the options below.
This page has information on:
– Financial/grant support
– Access to food and foodbanks
– Essentials such as clothing
– Mental Health support
– Domestic Abuse
Wokingham Borough Council have been given a pot of money from Central Government to support households that are struggling with the cost of living crisis – particularly those with children and pensioners. This means:
Families living in the borough with children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals can now apply for a one-off £90 voucher for each child to cover the summer holidays. This equates to £15 per week and replaces previous voucher schemes administered by schools.
To apply, either contact:
Older people of state pension age can now apply for a one-off food, fuel, or cash voucher by contacting:
Anyone else who is struggling to pay for food, energy bills and other household essentials is encouraged to come forward for help by contacting our One Front Door.
Wokingham Borough Council provide a financial assistance scheme to help people who are in a crisis or emergency situation where additional financial assistance would help prevent the crisis or emergency from escalating.
To apply for Local Welfare Provision you must be at least 16 years old and
The essential items grant is provided by Wokingham United Charities – website available here – they are a local charity providing support aimed at individuals or families who are in financial hardship and in need of an essential item. This is capped at £500 and support can only be received from this once in 12 months.
Examples of support include replacing a broken cooker, needing a new fridge freezer, helping a family with a dyslexia assessment for their child, funding towards mobility scooter to allow people to remain independence – they have also supported with transport costs, debt-related fees (DROs and bankruptcy charges) school trips and counselling.
Wokingham United Charities have partnered with us to provide holistic support when people need help the most.
Please use the details at the top of our page to refer yourself for support, or give us a call, and ask for help with a United Charities grant and advice.
Free School Meals can be applied for via Wokingham Borough Council – please click here to visit their website. The latest eligibility criteria for free school meals is available on the Gov.uk website here.
Wokingham Foodbank is a local charity, part of the Trussell Trust network, working to combat poverty and hunger across the Borough. They provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support.
You can find out more about Wokingham Foodbank on their website – a referral is required for a food parcel, please use our advice services via the details at the top of this page to get a referral.
Woodley Foodbank is led by The Pilot Light Trust, operating at Woodley Baptist Church between 9.30-12.30 on weekdays. You can collect a parcel without a referral, or can call 07806658995 to request a delivery. More details available on their facebook page.
Share Wokingham offer a range of fresh produce including bread and vegetables which are either surplus stock or end of day items from local supermarkets. They operate across the week at a range of locations across Wokingham Borough. You can find out more details via their facebook page here. Their latest schedule is listed below.
The Cowshed are a local charity providing a range of support to people living in Wokingham and Berkshire. Support includes:
Referrals can be made at Citizens Advice Wokingham or via other professionals. You can find out more about The Cowshed on their website.
First Days are a local Children’s Charity. They currently offer:
Please contact First Days to request support.
Mind in Berkshire provide the Wokingham Wellbeing Service – free one-to-one sessions to people who may be experiencing mental health issues or other social or lifestyle issues that are impacting on their wellbeing. The support provided aims to encourage and enable people to link in with local community support. It also helps people develop tools to increase their ability to manage their own wellbeing.
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have a website page listing how to access mental health support from their services.
Samaritans are a helpline providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide. You can find out more about Samaritans on their website and can access their service by calling 116 123
Shout is the UK’s free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. You can get help by texting the word ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 you will start a conversation with a trained Shout Volunteer, who will text you back and forth, sharing only what you feel comfortable with. You can find out more on their website here.
Hub of Hope is a mental health database of medical and charity support available for a wide-range of mental health issues. Visit their website here.
Cranstoun deliver the Wokingham Domestic Abuse service, an integrated service for victims and children. You can find out more about the service on their leaflet here.
0118 402 1921
Kaleidoscopic UK are a charitable organisation for survivors of domestic abuse in all its forms. They operate across England and Wales and was set up in Wokingham. They provide a support network, liberation programme, ‘fun with mum’ evenings, education and unity.
You can find out more about this great charity via their website https://www.kaleidoscopic.uk/