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Cost of living help

Are you worried about the rising cost of energy bills, food and transport?

Whatever your money worries may be, we've put together some useful information so that you can find out what support is available including grants, money saving advice and offers to help with the cost of living.

Other assistance

  • Local support directory

    View our directory of all local support available including places to go to keep warm, who can help with food and essentials, and organisations that can give you advice and information.

  • Community grocery

    Blackpool now has a community food shop, where you can get groceries for a reduced amount. You need to sign up to become an annual member (at a small cost of £5). You will then have access to three weekly shops.

    His Provision CIC

    You purchase £5-£10 worth of cupboard items offered at supermarket prices or below, then choose from a selection of free products including bakery, fruit and veg, dairy, fresh and frozen food (subject to availability) – parcels will be valued at £20-25.

    Visit the Life Centre, Raikes Parade, FY1 4EY

    • Tuesday 12.30pm to 2.00pm
    • Wednesday 11.00am to 12.30pm
    • Thursday 12.30pm to 2.00pm


    Or

    Visit the mobile pantry:

  • Free school meals

    Free school meals in Blackpool are available for families on certain benefits.

    All Blackpool primary school children are entitled to a free breakfast under a scheme to improve the health and well-being of the town's young residents.

  • Jobs and skills support

    Positive Steps into Work is a Blackpool Council service designed to get unemployed people back into work and, at the same time, help local businesses to recruit local people into their jobs.

    The Platformis a service for 16 to 24 year olds to help them find a job, access training or education. Our team of friendly employment advisers will work with you to ensure that you get support with things like CV writing, interview techniques, confidence building, arranging work experience placements, education and training and linking in with local job opportunities.

  • Energy saving advice

    Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHiL) provides help with access to cost effective ways of keeping your home warm whether you own or privately rent. Other help and advice on grants to improve the energy efficieny of your home are available on the inuslation and boiler grants section of our website.

    Warm and Healthy Homes Project supports households of all tenures. Care & Repair's free service will run for two years to help ensure Blackpool residents can save money and stay warm at home. More information on the Warm and Healthy Homes Project.

    The Energy Saving Trust website has a range of helpful advice and guidance to help you save on your energy costs.

    The government's household energy page will give you suggestions on alterations you can make to your home that can help you save on your energy usage.

    Money Saving Expert website also has a wide range of energy saving tips to help you reduce your costs.

    Using less hot water has the added benefit of lowering energy bills too. Examples of annual savings are shown below:

    • Reducing each person's daily shower from 10 minutes to 5 minutes - £740
    • Cutting out two dishwasher runs per week by only running with full loads - £76
    • Cutting out two washing machine runs per week by only running with full loads - £37
    • Fixing a leaking toilet - £300
    • Turning off the tap while brushing teeth - £100
    • Fixing a dripping tap - £17
  • Mental health support

    Is the cost of living problem making you feel anxious?

    We know that worrying about bills can have a negative effect on your health so below are some links, which you may find useful.

    Social prescribing

    Did you know your GP may be able to help you with social prescribing?

    Your GPs know that many things affect your health and wellbeing and not all of these are clinical and best dealt with by medication or treatment alone. Many patients visit their GP because they feel isolated or lonely. Some are stressed by work, money, childcare or housing problems, or sometimes it's the stress of managing a long-term health condition that brings you to the surgery.

    Social prescribers will listen to you and help you access the right people, services and activities that may benefit you.

    They could link you or introduce you to a community group, a new activity or a local club. They may help you find legal advice, debt counselling, housing support or the right person to help you find a job or volunteering opportunity.

    Your social prescriber will look to give you specific information and guidance on your situation or suggest local resources that might help. They could even support you to create something new such as a gardening club, a fishing group, a ‘men's shed' or knit and natter group. Ask at your local GP surgery for more details.

  • Transport costs

    Blackpool Transport

    Get around for £2 until 31 December 2024.

    Blackpool transport and other local bus service providers are taking part in the government's scheme to help customers pay less to travel by bus, capping single adult bus fares at £2 per journey, no matter where you travel to or from.

    More information

    Shared Wheels

    If you need to cut transport costs? Have you thought about sharing a car journey? Shared Wheels will help you find people to share your journey with

  • Keeping warm and safe

    Blackpool Coastal Housing

    BCH's Warm Welcome Community Hubs return for 2024 from Monday 8 January until Friday 22 March.

    The Hubs offer a free hot meal provided by My Chef, along with refreshments, games and activities.

    Partnering agencies will be on hand to offer help, info and advice on a range of matters.

    See details below:

    • Stronsay Community Centre, Stronsay Place, Blackpool, FY2 0HE, Friday 11.30am to 1.30pm. Chair based exercise and boccia. Enveco and Blackpool Centre for the Unemployed will be on hand with advice and support

    Blackpool FC Community Trust - Winter Warm Up Hubs

    Family Warm Up Hubs

    Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 3.30pm to 5.30pm Monday during school weeks.

    Includes a meal, tea/coffee and activities - inside the Moretti Lounge at Blackpool FC.

    Pool Together Hubs

    Tuesday's and Thursday's 1.00pm to 3.00pm, term time only.

    Includes a meal, tea/coffee and activities - inside the Moretti Lounge at Blackpool FC.

    Winter Family Hubs

    Fridays 3.30pm to 5.00pm at Aspire Sports Hub (Garstang Road West, FY3 7JH).

    Everyone will receive a hot meal and tea/coffee will be available throughout. Children can play games and take part in craft activities. Families can eat, spend time together, and talk about their day. Please note, these hubs are specifically for families with children.

    Find out more on their website.

    Libraries

    Blackpool libraries run a wide range of free events and activities across their libraries. See their website for more information.

    Layton Community House

    For residents of Layton

    Drop in to Layton Community House any day Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.00pm. Pop in for a hot drink and refreshments, chat, read a book or join in with one of their community sessions.

    Visit their Facebook page or their website for further information.

    Winter Warm Club @thegrange

    For residents of Grange Park

    Daily Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm

    @thegrange
    Bathurst Avenue
    Blackpool
    FY3 7RW

    Telephone: 01253 478301


    The club is aimed at all ages and includes measures to help support the community during the cost of living crisis.

    You need to register in advance and in return you will receive a range of benefits including:

    Financial support

          • Free use of 3 tumble dryers
          • A home audit looking at energy and water savings
          • 1 on 1 financial advice

    Food

          • A daily discounted hot meal available
          • Access to food pantry

    Feel good

          • New community barbers
          • Free exercise classes
          • Mums and tots exercise class
          • Zumba classes
          • Ballroom dancing

    Activities

        • Board and card games
        • Pamper days
        • Arts and crafts classes
        • Bingo
        • Organised local trips
        • TV and film club
  • Help with prescription costs

    There is a low income help scheme run by the NHS. You do not have to be claiming benefits to apply. If you're employed with a low income you may be eligible for help. The NHS will take your total household income, Council Tax and housing costs into account.

    You can apply online here

    You must be at least one of the following and the application will look :

    • A pensioner
    • A student
    • Earning a wage
    • Receiving state benefits
    • Living in a care home

    If you are not eligible but need regular prescriptions then you could apply for a pre-payment certificate.

  • Help with food

    If you're struggling with the cost of food, there are places you can go to get help. Some offer free or low cost hot meals and refreshments. See some of what is available below.Find the full list of food help on the FYi Directory

    Blackpool Comfort C.A.F.E.

    Offering hot food, drinks, snacks and emergency items every Tuesday 11.00am to 12.30pm from out of St Thomas Church on Caunce Street, FY1 3NJ.

    Big Food Truck

    Become a member of The BIG FOOD Truck and receive 3 bags of groceries for £6.50 saving ££s of their weekly shop.

      • A single family bag of food is £4.00
      • Three bags for a family is £6.50
      • Six bags for a large family is £13.00

    To sign up visit their website or text your name and postcode to 07860027502

    Salvation Army

    For adults aged 26 years and over, The Bridge Project at the Salvation Army Citadel on Raikes Parade offers emergency food, hot meal, shower and laundry facilities 9.00am to 11.00am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for homeless people and a hot meal 12noon to 2pm for homeless and vulnerable adults.

    Amazing Graze Blackpool Free Food Shop

    Visit the Free Food Shop at 44 Bolton Street, FY1 6AA on Tuesdays and Fridays 5.00pm to 7.00pm. It's free to sign up each person is allowed a choice of up to 10 items per week.

    Morrisons

    Morrisons are offering a free meal for 1 child under 16 when buying an adult meal with a value of £4.50 or over at it's in-store cafes.

    Asda

    Until the end February Asda café's are offering the Winter Warmer scheme where over 60s can enjoy a bowl of soup, a bread roll and unlimited tea and coffee for £1.

    Also, children can eat for £1 anytime

  • Help with broadband costs

    If you are on benefits you may be due cheap, long-term 'social tariffs'

    Check out the tariffs on Money Saving Expert

  • Help with your TV licence

    The Simple Payment Plan was created for those in financial difficulty.

    Qualifying customers can choose from either a fortnightly or monthly payment plan that spreads the cost of a TV Licence over 12 months, this means you make smaller payments more frequently, helping you to better manage your finances.

    TV Licensing accepts referrals to the Simple Payment Plan from not-for-profit organisations such as charities or your local authority money advice department. It cannot accept referrals from commercial organisations.

    If you would like to speak to someone about your finances, you can contact your local authority debt advice team or there are many not-for-profit organisations offering free, confidential and independent advice. Any not-for-profit organisation providing this service can refer you to us to join the Simple Payment Plan. More information on the simple payment plan and how to access it

    There are otherTV licence concessions, which you might be eligible for depending on your circumstances. There are concessions available for:

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