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Household Support Fund (HSF)

Funding from the Department for Work and Pension (DWP) so we can provide support to vulnerable households over the Winter period.

We have been given £4,676,099.65 to help vulnerable households stay warm, have food on the table, and have access to other essential household items. This support is in addition to our food and fun activities that run during the main school holidays.

To make sure we get support to those families who need it, as quickly as possible, we have put in place a number of ways to identify vulnerable households and get support to them. You do not need to apply for this support - you will be contacted directly if you have been identified as needing it.

What support is on offer

Support is offered in the following ways:

  • during the school term commencing 28 February 2022, £70 of food vouchers will be provided to households with free school meal eligible children (aged nought to 19) by schools, further education colleges, early years providers and health visitors
  • we will work with early years providers to support vulnerable households with help to purchase essential household items
  • we will provide one off food vouchers to kinship carers and care leavers, worth £80 each
  • Feeding Families will provide Christmas food hampers to vulnerable households
  • County Durham Foodbank and East Durham Trust will support households on pre-payment meters experiencing fuel poverty
  • we will offer grants to households identified by their GP as experiencing fuel poverty through by providing food and fuel vouchers, boiler servicing and repairs etc
  • PACT House, Junction7 and Woodhouse Close Community Centre will support vulnerable households without children experiencing fuel poverty
  • schools have a discretionary grant scheme to provide winter clothing, shoes and uniforms for children who are identified as most in need
  • we will provide food and fuel vouchers for households who do not meet the Welfare Assistance schemes eligibility criteria but demonstrate a need for support

Anyone who is struggling, but not identified or supported through this scheme is encouraged to contact our Welfare assistance scheme, who will offer support and advice.