Help with the cost of living

It's a challenging time for many people with the rising cost of living – and money worries can be particularly tough for people with mental health problems. Here are some resources and organisations that can help

Organisations that can help

Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice - for benefits, debt, energy, housing, employment and other advice. Here are the organisation’s tips on getting support with the cost of living crisis - Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice - Where can I get support with the cost of living crisis?

Free advice line: 0808 278 7969 (Mon to Fri, 10am-4.30pm). For energy advice, call 01243 974 063 (Mon to Fri, 10am-4pm). Help to Claim benefits team: 0800 144 8 444 (Mon to Fri, 8am-6pm). Help with debt: 0800 240 4420 (Mon to Fri, 9am-5pm).

Citizens Advice in West Sussex, North, South and East - for benefits, debt, energy, housing, employment and other advice

Free advice line: 0808 278 7969 (Mon to Fri, 9am-4.30pm)

West Sussex Energy Advice Service – 01273 974063 (Mon to Fri, 10am to 4pm) - see Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice - Energy 2022 (arunchichestercab.org.uk)

Age UK West Sussex Brighton & Hove - information and advice specifically for over-50s, including a benefits and money advice service.

Free and confidential advice line: 0800 019 1310. Money advice service (Age UK): call 0800 019 1310.

Going Local Social Prescribing service - available for all residents in Adur and Worthing over the age of 18, offering practical support including tackling money, housing, work or benefits issues

One Stop Junction - for unemployment, financial and budgeting and digital support. Enquiries to enquiries.onestop@adur-worthing.gov.uk

Step Change - for free debt advice (national). Tel: 0800 138 1111 (Mon to Fri, 8am-8pm; Sat, 8am-4pm)

Liaise@frontline - one-to-one debt and budgeting support. Branch in Pulborough, covers much of the Downs area. National website for Frontline Debt Advice

Community House Worthing - for free food, mental health and physical health activities and help filling in forms. See Facebook page for activities – The Community House, Worthing | Facebook

Littlehampton Community Fridge - St James' Church, Littlehampton. See Facebook page for updates.

Healthy Start scheme - if you're more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four, you may be eligible for help with buying healthy food and milk (see leaflet below)

Note that there are food banks across the communities we support and our team can make a referral to them on your behalf. If you are getting support with us, ask your mental health worker to help you with this.

Ten Little Toes is a baby bank based in Cowfold, West Sussex, offering support to families and parents in crisis or facing difficult circumstances throughout Sussex.

Fighting Chance Baby Bank provides essential clothing, toys, toiletries and baby equipment in Petworth, Midhurst and surrounding areas.

Money Helper, advice on living on a squeezed income.

Money Helper, help if you're struggling with bills and payments.

Money Helper, help if you've missed a payment to a creditor - that's any organisation you owe money to including housing services, utilities or your local council.

Money Helper, help if you're struggling with debt.

Money Helper, everything you need to know about the government's support package on energy bills

Resources

National Mind – money and mental health: tips for everyday living

Help for Households - list of government support available, plus discounts and offers from businesses to help with the cost of living

Help with food and milk costs for parents of children age 0-4

Healthy Start leaflet Help with the cost of living

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