Cost of living crisis
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Get help locally
It's estimated that one in four households in Lewisham are now affected by food and fuel poverty. Lewisham is lucky to have an incredible network of community groups, charities and other local organisations, that offer a wide range of support. We will be regularly updating this page as more information becomes available. Find out more about support available locally.
Coping with debt
- Advice Lewisham can be reached on 0800 231 5453 for enquiries about benefits, housing, debt, employment, immigration, family & consumer issues.
- You can also speak to the independent organisation Money Helper online or call 0800 138 7777 for free, confidential advice.
Extra support if you have children
- If you are pregnant or have a young child, check what help you can get to buy food and milk with the NHS Healthy Start.
- If entitled you could claim free childcare for your 2 to 4 year olds, find out how to apply for up to 30 free hours childcare per week.
- The Bank of Things in Unit 19 at Lewisham Shopping Centre provides everyday necessities (not food) to young people aged 11 to 25.
- Check online if your child is entitled to free school meals.
Staying warm support
- Those over 65, on a low income, or who has a long term health condition or disability can sign up for a support package to help them keep warm in the colder months. See if you are eligible for the scheme.
Help with employment and training
- See if you’re entitled to reduced fees on Lewisham’s Adult Education courses.
- Speak to Lewisham Works, a free service to support unemployed residents in to good jobs by emailing JobsAndSkills@lewisham.gov.uk
Mental health and well-being advice
- Community Connections Lewisham provide options for help and can link you up to support services (Available Monday to Fridays 9.30am to 4pm on 0330 058 3464)