Money, Food and Housing Help
A variety of local groups, organisations and charities that can help you in times of need.
I need money advice
The following services can provide trusted advice and information on money matters. Their websites also have many useful resources which you can access.
A free impartial service set up my government providing advice and guidance on managing your finances including:
Provide free debt advice and information on all matters relating to debt and how to deal with them.
Interest-free loans for people who have been on Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance (income-related), Pension Credit or payment on account of one of these benefits, for at least 26 weeks
I need emergency support
If you live in Buckinghamshire, you may be able to apply for Local Emergency Support. Local Emergency Support is intended to cover urgent short-term emergencies, for example, if you have no immediate food, no heating or lighting. The support is available through the use of food banks, food vouchers, and utility meter top-ups.
You will be eligible for assistance if:
- there has been an unforeseeable serious emergency or crisis, and failure to give assistance will mean there is a significant risk of harm coming to you or your family
- you require help moving into, or staying in the community, and by providing assistance will eliminate the need for statutory care
Searching for grants
Turn2us' Grants Search can help you look for funds that might be able to give you a grant or other types of help. Thye also awards their own grants from the Turn2us Elizabeth Finn Fund, the Turn2us Response Fund, and the Turn2us Edinburgh Trust.
Please note: To access Food banks you may need a referral, more information can be found below under "Food bank vouchers and referrals".
MakeLunch is run during the school holidays to provide meals to families who are struggling on a tight budget. We primarily aim at families whose children get free school meals during the term time but welcome any family who is finding that the school holidays leaves a holiday hunger gap. Each day we are open, we promise to provide a healthy hot lunch free of charge and we always aim to provide activities along with lunch. Parents are expected to stay with their children and supervise them at all times. We look forward to your visit.
The project is run in partnership with the national charity MakeLunch
OLIO, Food Sharing App
If you want to share food you don't need or would like to connect with those sharing food, try OLIO. OLIO is a free app that connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. OLIO can also be used for non-food household items too.
A Christian charity, helping anyone in need, provide gifts of furniture, food and clothing for people on low incomes, benefits or who otherwise would find themselves in temporary hardship.
Areas served: Aylesbury Vale
We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Areas served: Aylesbury and Surrounding Areas
Working with other Beaconsfield churches and the food bank charity One Can, Hope run a drop-in where local people (referred by doctors or social services) can receive an emergency food package. The drop-in runs every Friday at the Holtspur Youth Club building from 8:45 am to midday.
Areas served: Beaconsfield and neighbouring villages.
A part of a nationwide network of food banks, supported by The Trussell Trust. Provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people
Areas served: The Chiltern District and nearby surrounding areas such as Wendover.
We aim to distribute surplus food that is good to eat to anyone who comes to the Fridge. There is no referral or voucher needed. We want to reduce scandalous food waste and make sure that as far as possible, surplus food is eaten, not sent to landfill. We receive regular food donations from Waitrose, Felix Project and other businesses. The food is free and we hope that the service will benefit those who are struggling to put good food on the table for their families. However anyone, regardless of income, is welcome to come and take away food that would otherwise go to waste.
We are open Wednesday and Saturday mornings in the yard behind Broadway Baptist Church, Chesham.
A charity helping communities help themselves. They provide free, nutritious food parcels to those deemed 'in crisis' by their partner organisations.
Areas served: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire and surrounding areas.
A community Fridge to normalise the spirit of sharing locally and reduce food waste. Our doors are open to anyone and everyone regardless of means. Therefore no referrals are needed. Everyone is a guest. Guests are encouraged to use the space to share food as well as skills and to connect with other guests at the fridge.
Provide Food parcels that can be picked up from one of their serving sessions located around the city. Clients can receive a food parcel x5 times within a rolling 12 month period.
Areas served: Milton Keynes.
Food Bank providing food parcels for the local area
Areas served: Wendover and neighbouring villages.
Food Bank vouchers and referrals
For food bank referrals and vouchers you can:
- Speak to your Family Centre, Health Visitor or Social Worker or
- Speak to your local Citizens Advice Bureau
For more information
The Trussell Trust’s 400-strong network of food banks provides a minimum of three days’ emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.
- Avoid giving food or money to those who come to your door claiming to be from a food bank. The Chiltern food bank never collects door to door from households.
A Christian charity providing: furniture, food and clothing for people on low incomes, benefits or who otherwise would find themselves in temporary hardship
High Wycombe 01494 443 459
Supplying the cheapest, reasonable quality, second-hand furniture and appliances to those on the lowest incomes.
Based at Kings Church in Amersham, run on a part-time basis by a small team of committed staff and volunteers providing good quality re-usable household items to people in need.
The Baby Bank collect good-quality second-hand clothes, equipment and furniture for families in need. Professional working with a family that could use this support can apply directly via the website. If you or a family member would like support from The Baby Bank, please get in touch. While they cannot assess your family’s level of need, they can ask your midwife, social worker or other family support to confirm your referral.
This is a site where people share furniture for free, you do not need to set up an account.
You can set the price range as £0 for free items.
District Council's Housing Services:
- Phone: 01296 585 301
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 01494 421 212 (8.45am to 5.15pm Mon to Thur and 8.45am to 4.45pm on a Fri)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 01494 732 110
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 01895 837 200
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are entitled to social housing in Buckinghamshire and have been given a "Bucks Home Choice number" then you can access and manage your account and applications via the Bucks Home Choice service. If you think you are entitled to social housing speak to your local district council's housing team (above).
More support and advice:
Provides housing related support to people aged 16 years and over and living in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes. From dealing with issues with your current property or landlord, to being homelessness and finding a home, Connection Support can help.
A national charity that provides information on housing.
Housing Information for Young People (under 25)
If your circumstances mean you have an immediate risk of homelessness (56 days or less) and / or have one month or more of rent arrears, P3 Charity's Housing Support service may be able to help you. This free service is supported by all the Councils in Buckinghamshire, but is run by an independent charity. For more information or to complete a quick and simple online form please go to www.p3charity.org/bucks or free phone 0808 164 1810.