Where you can get help, and how you can help out locally this winter.
As we enter winter, many families are facing the double whammy of increased heating and electric bills alongside further restrictions from the pandemic and potential job losses.
While the Government U-turn on free school meals during the Christmas holidays and the extension of the furlough scheme are both very welcome, support will be needed beyond half term, and the Christmas holidays are likely to be another pinch point for many families.
We have collated a list of resources and organisations working locally to support families who may be struggling in the holidays and in winter more generally. This is not exhaustive, so please let us know if there are other organisations that should be featured.
Where to get support locally
Lloyd Park Children’s Charity offer support to Waltham Forest families who may need additional support through their Children & Family Centres, Baby Bank and Breakfast & After School Clubs. You can find details of your local centre here, or call 020 8527 1737 or email [email protected].
You can also donate, volunteer or provide essential items for their baby bank.
Rukshana Khan Foundation is a local charity supporting families in East London. They are running food parcels and deliveries for those on benefits and those referred from Citizens Advice, NHS, Local Doctor's Surgery, Job Centre, Baby Food Bank, or the Council. They are also supporting those over 60 or classed as clinically vulnerable.
You can register for support from their website.
They also run a foodbank on Saturdays 11am-12pm at the William Morris Community Centre.
Contact details: 07939 232 123 or email [email protected]
Hornbeam Cafe are supplying essential groceries and hot meals for free to those who need them in Waltham Forest. They operate as a Community Food Distribution Centre providing freshly cooked nutritious ready meals on a pay-as-you-feel basis.
Cafe hours for collecting meals 12–3pm. Call 07492915531 for more information.
PL84U AL-SUFFA offer regular fresh food distribution for families in need in Walthamstow. The charity also provides food parcels, winter warm kits, sleeping bags and clothes during the colder months of the year.
1st Sunday of the month 10.30am-3.30pm at St Gabriels Family Centre, Havant Road, Walthamstow E17 3JF
3rd Sunday of the month 10.30am-3.30pm at 14th Walthamstow Scouts group, 205a Wood Street, Walthamstow E17 3NU
For more information, email [email protected] or call on 07539 364110.
This is just a small selection of the support locally, so please let us know if you would like your organisation to be featured by emailing us at [email protected].