Alternative sources of assistance
Help with Food, Gas and Electricity
If you need short term assistance with food, you may be able to obtain help from your local food bank. Please follow this link to obtain further information on how to get a referral.
St. Monica’s Trust
If you have a physical disability or long-term physical health problem, live in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset or Bath and North East Somerset, have a low income and limited savings and are over 40 years of age, then you may be eligible for a short-term grant from St. Monica’s Trust. Please follow this link for more information regarding this charity and how to apply.
British Gas Energy Trust
The Trust provides financial support to individuals and families who are struggling to pay off their gas and/or electricity debts. You do not have to be a British Gas customer to benefit from this scheme. Visit the website to find out more information regarding the Trust and how to apply for assistance.
Please note that other energy companies such as Npower, OVO, E.on, EDF and SSE (Southern Electric) all have their own individual energy funds. However these Funds are only available to the company’s customers.
The website, “Let’s Talk” offers information regarding the various grants and benefits that are available to support those struggling with household energy debt.
Help with Goods
Bristol Charities help people in need, hardship or distress, those suffering from ill health and carers who have limited means. If you live within 10 miles of Bristol City Centre then you may be eligible to apply for funding for goods including white goods (washing machines, fridges/freezers, electric cookers), small electrical equipment (vacuums and microwaves), carpets, furniture and other support. For more information regarding this charitable organisation and how to apply, please follow this link.
Please note that applications need to be made by a sponsor who is usually a professional such as a social worker, support worker, health professional or similar support agency.
This organisation provides small grants for items such as beds and bedding, cookers, washing machines and fridge freezers, kitchen equipment and baby equipment to young people aged 20 or under who live independently with little or no support from their family, and to children or young persons in a family. Please follow this link for more information regarding this fund and how to apply.
Please note that applications must be made by a support worker and can be made online.
St. Monica’s Trust
If you have a physical disability or long-term physical health problem, live in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset or Bath and North East Somerset, have a low income and limited savings and are over 40 years of age, then you may be eligible for a gift of an amount of money from St. Monica’s Trust. Gifts are intended to help with items such as disability related items or adaptations, domestic applications (for example washing machines or cookers) and furniture and flooring. Please follow this link for more information regarding this charity and how to apply.
This charity makes small grants to individuals in need, to help them over a short term crisis. The type of items awarded may include items such as white goods (such as a cooker, washing machine or fridge/freezer), beds and bedding, essential household items, clothing and baby needs, amongst others.
Please note that applications to this charity must be made by an organisation such as a charity or the Citizens Advice Bureau.
The Talisman Trust
The fund assists individuals in the UK who the trust consider as “going short”. Please note that applications must be made by the Citizens Advice Bureau, a social worker or another charitable organisation that is supporting you.
Please follow this link for more information regarding this scheme and how to apply.
To find further information about other funds that are available to you in your area you may wish to carry out a grants search. This can be completed on the Turn2Us website.Is there anything wrong with this page?