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Coronavirus: latest information on our response, updates on our services and what support is available

Redundancy support for residents

Advice

You can get free advice and support locally from:

South Gloucestershire One Stop Shops

Our highly trained staff can respond to all council enquiries, including any benefits or council tax reduction you might be entitled to, and put you in touch with any partner organisations who may be able to help. You can visit us in person at Yate, Kingswood and Patchway.

Citizens advice bureau

The Citizens Advice service offers information and advice on a range of issues. They are currently offering their services via the website citizensadvice.org.uk or you can phone: 03444 111 444.

Job opportunities

The council

As a major local employer we have regular jobs available on our website. Care workers are particularly needed at the moment. If you come from a hospitality background, you’re a student, you find yourself out of work due to the current emergency or you simply want to make a difference in the community then working in the care sector could be for you.

Government find a job service

To find jobs by postcode visit gov.uk/find-a-job

Training opportunities

There are many free training opportunities to enable you to refresh your skills, upskill or retain into a new area. These include:

Education and Skills Funding agency

The Education and Skills Funding Agency can give you advice on how to get back into work and information on local learning opportunities.

Future Bright

Future Bright is a free confidential local service which can help you develop your skills, increase your income and progress in your career, certain eligibility criteria apply.

Community learning

Our in house team can help you refresh your CV, support you with interview skills, alongside a whole range of training courses for those who are eligible. Find out more about what this service offers.

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College

Locally we have South Gloucestershire and Stroud College who run a number of courses, including a range of free online courses.

Benefits

If you have no or low income in your household, you may be entitled to certain benefits including:

Wellbeing

It is important when you are going through a challenging time in your life to try and maintain your wellbeing. There is free help available include:

South Gloucestershire One You service

This is a free health and wellbeing service which can support your physical and mental health. Find out more from the South Gloucestershire One You website.

Relationship support

If the strain is developing into domestic violence and abuse, do not be afraid to reach out for help. Similarly if you are worried about your behaviour towards your partner we have experts who can help

Foodbanks

The Trussell Trust runs foodbanks all over the country. You can find your nearest using their website.

Volunteering

Volunteering can help you to develop new skills, gain experience and provide training opportunities. It can help you to give something back to your community, make new friends and enjoy yourself. Your help, skill, company, patience, friendliness and your time can make all the difference to someone in need.  Visit our volunteering webpage for details and the benefits others have enjoyed from volunteering.

Lower your heating bills

If you are on a low income or benefits, you may qualify for the following to help with your heating bills:

  • Green Homes Grant – vouchers for energy efficiency improvements or low carbon heating up to £10,000
  • ECO Funding Grant – for insulation for those on low incomes
  • Warm Homes Fund Grant – to install first time central heating
  • Lendology – Low-cost council funded loans for energy efficiency and renewables

For the grant schemes contact Severn Wye who deliver this service on our behalf and can also act as an advocate if you are falling behind on your heating bills.

Central government are running a Green Homes Grant scheme that will cover two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements, up to a maximum government contribution of £5,000.

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