Redundancy support for residents
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
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
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 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.
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.
If you have no or low income in your household, you may be entitled to certain benefits including:
- Universal credit
- Council tax reduction scheme
- Housing Benefit for rent payments
- Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Tax credits
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.
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
The Trussell Trust runs foodbanks all over the country. You can find your nearest using their website.
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.Is there anything wrong with this page?