Cost of living support

We understand for many this is a challenging time. Find support, information, advice and guidance to help you and your family, friends and communities via the menu tabs below.

Help for Households

Help for Households is a website set up by the government offering details of what support you could be eligible for e.g. support with income, childcare costs and finding work.

Community Friendly Nottinghamshire are working with local district and borough councils to deliver cost of living events across the county. Residents can access help and support from a range of council services and local organisations at these events.

Free to attend. No booking required, just drop in.

Please check back to this page as we’ll be announcing more events soon!

  • Blidworth library, Wednesday 25 January 2pm to 4pm 

Savings for those with combi-boilers

  • Did you know changing one setting on a combi boiler could help you save up to around £250 on heating bills a year?
  • Watch the video below to find out how:

  • If you need a helping hand to make this adjustment or have a vulnerable family member or friend who might benefit, we have partnered up with Nottingham Energy Partnership to help those most in need.
  • To get a free home visit from an expert who will also share other tips on keeping warm in the home contact  Let’s Optimise your Heating - Nottingham Energy Partnership (nottenergy.com)
  • Or call 0115 985 3006

The Nottinghamshire Household Support Fund (HSF) Phase 3

  • The Government has extended the Household Support Fund (HSF) to March 2023. For this phase, a one-off Winter Support payment worth on average around £100 for each eligible household to use towards energy and food bills. Find out more.

Warm Home Discount Scheme

  • The Government Warm Home Discount Scheme offers money off your electricity bill till March 2023. Find out more

Severn Trent Water Big Difference Scheme

British Gas Energy Trust

Nottingham Energy Partnership

Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP)

Shelter

Fuel direct scheme

  • If you’re struggling to pay for your energy and you’re on certain benefits, you may be able pay directly from your benefit payments instead. This arrangement is called Fuel Direct. Contact your local Job Centre for more details: Jobcentre Plus Local Office Search - GOV.UK (dwp.gov.uk)

Energy grants

Prepayment meter credit

  • If you use a prepayment meter for electricity or gas ask your supplier for temporary credit, or contact your local council for a fuel voucher. 

Childcare costs

Claim benefits 

Worried about money?

  • Access free and impartial advice for managing your money in uncertain times via Money Helper. This scheme is backed by the government.

Online debt advice services

Further support

Food banks 

Healthy Start

Free school meals 

The Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF)

  • HAF supports children that receive benefits-related free school meals during school holidays providing activities and food. Find out more about HAF.

If you need urgent mental health support, call the Nottinghamshire Mental Health Crisis Line on 0808 196 3779 (24/7).

There are a range of mental wellbeing services and support available locally in Nottinghamshire for both adults and children.

The Mental Health Breathing Space (MHBS)

Parent line

  • Emotional support, information, advice, and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life. Call 0808 800 2222.

Family Action

Find out about community hubs, warm spaces and more in your local area:

Support for veterans

Royal British Legion Cost of Living Grants
  • Open to those eligible for our support struggling to pay for items and services they need. Cost of Living Grants
Blue Light Together
  • The place for UK emergency services staff, volunteers, retirees and friends and family to find information, ideas and support to help look after your mental health. Blue Light Together

Other support

Help for Community groups

Local Community Fund - apply now

Cost of living community grants of up to £5,000 are now available for voluntary and  community groups across Nottinghamshire. 

Find out more and apply.

Councillors’ divisional fund

Every County Councillor has £5,000 to spend on projects, people and organisations in their local area. Find out more and how to apply.

Further support for community groups

Access advice on finding funding pots, DBS checks, development and more through our support for community groups.

Receive our community support email bulletins

Get regular email updates about information on grants and support for local community and voluntary organisations. Sign up now.

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