When you visit a foodbank you might also need help with other concerns and challenges.
Low income and benefits
Turn2us is a national charity that provides financial support to help people get back on track. The Turn2us website includes a benefits calculator and information about other financial help you could apply for.
Healthy Start provides extra help for families with children under 4, or if you are pregnant. You can get vouchers to buy fresh milk, fruit and vegetables. Visit the website to see if you qualify.
If you are having problems paying your utility bills, you can contact these agencies to help you pay or reduce the amount you are paying:
LEAP is a free service that helps people reduce their energy bills 0800 0607567
Essex & Suffolk Water can offer options for reducing or changing the way you pay your water bills 0345 7820111
Debt and money problems
If you are having problems with debt, you can contact these agencies for debt advice and support:
CAP (Christians Against Poverty) debt counselling and guidance on managing money and debt 0800 328 0006
If you are having problems with your mental health or experiencing addiction, these agencies offer help:
South East and Central Essex Mind Services mental health advice, guidance and counselling services 01702 601123
Trust Links Growing Together a local independent charity for mental health and wellbeing, offering therapeutic activities, employment training, youth support and more to people living with mental health conditions and for unpaid carers 01702 213134
Southend Young People’s Drug & Alcohol Team for under 19’s with concerns about drugs or alcohol 01702 534300
STARS (Southend Treatment and Recovery Service) help for people who need support with drugs or alcohol 01702 431889
If you are worried about someone finding out you are looking at domestic abuse information, Women’s Aid have a safety guide www.womensaid.org.uk/cover-your-tracks-online/
SOS Domestic Abuse Projects offer support for people currently living in, leaving or seeking help for domestic abuse, including services for women, families with children and men. They also provide information in other languages. Contact directly 01702 302333 or complete a self-referral through www.essexcompass.org.uk These webpages include a quick exit button if you are worried about someone seeing you looking at this information.
Women’s Aid provide a range of services, including an online instant messaging service and information for how to get help with domestic abuse. The website also links to services for men, young people, people with disabilities and LGBT+ support.
The Salvation Army supports victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, with a 24hr referral helpline 0300 3038151
Shelter provide information about housing, evictions and homelessness, and update their guidance regularly in response to changes made by the government during Covid-19. You can find out more about what you’re entitled to and the latest changes here england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/coronavirus.
For information about housing costs, rent payments and other residential issues, contact your housing provider or look at the help offered by local housing services.
Livewell Southend provides a directory of local services and activities.
Frontline professionals might also find it useful to download the Can We Help You Further? leaflet as a resource for additional support. Please note this leaflet was printed in 2019 and some services may be limited due to coronavirus restrictions.