Event date: 03/05/2017
News date: 21 Apr
Whatever you want to do, concerns you have or support you need, there are a wealth of organisations and charities that can help. Have a look at what's available here.
Items such as raised toilet seats, bath boards and seats, walking frames, and grab rails can make a real difference to your safety and independence.
Whatever the reason money matters can sometimes get out of control and you may unexpectedly find yourself in debt.
Debts can be worrying, but you can get advice and information to help you deal with the situation and prevent it becoming more difficult.
If you find yourself in financial difficulties or with a debt or bill you can't pay right away, here are a few things you can do:
Food poverty, social isolation and unemployment are sadly affecting a lot of people across the UK at the moment. Some people end up being unable to afford to buy food for themselves and their loved ones. There are some organisations out there who can help if you find yourself in this situation.
The Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. In some areas they will only provide food following a referral from a health or social care professional - check your local food bank for details. Foodbanks in the local area include:
FoodCycle is a UK charity that combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create tasty, nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation.
The Food Chain exists to ensure people living with HIV in London can access the nutrition they need to get well, stay well and lead healthy, independent lives.They deliver meals and groceries, offer cookery and nutrition classes and communal eating opportunities to people living with HIV in London and their dependents.
The North Paddington Foodbank uses cash and food donations from businesses and ordinary people to provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in North Paddington.
The following venues may be able to offer emergency meals:-
The West London People's Kitchen at the Goldinger Factory regularly collect surplus produce from local greengrocers and use it to cook up a delicious community feast. You can lend a hand in the kitchen from 3pm, or come and enjoy a tasty pay-what-you-want meal from 6:30pm.
If you think you need to take legal action in relation to a debt issue then you can get more information on our Obtaining legal advice page.
Our pages on Grants and Charity Payments offers advice on how you can access charities and other organisations who may be able to offer support.
The Money Advice Service website contains information on managing debt and on borrowing, as well as on all sorts of other money matters.
Gov.uk has lots of information and advice on dealing with debts and arrears. This includes what to do and who to contact about mortgage and rent arrears, overdue bills, bank overdrafts, loan sharks and other debts. You do not have to give any personal details about yourself or your situation.
The Step Change Debt Charity offers expert advice, budget support and solutions to help you manage your debts.
Crosslight Advice offer free face-to-face debt advice, financial education, practical assistance and ongoing support to anyone who needs it regardless of background, faith or circumstance.
The National Debtline is a national telephone helpline for people with debt problems, run by the Money Advice Trust charity. The service is free, confidential and independent. You can phone the free advice line on 0808 808 4000.
The Debt Advice Foundation is a national debt advice and education charity offering free, confidential support and advice to anyone worried about debt.It offers a free online tool to help you analyse, manage and plan your debt, and negotiate with your creditors.
Payplan provides telephone advice and can help you set up a debt management plan.
You can get general information and advice on money problems from Citizens Advice. Local Citizens Advice branches can give you advice and help with your personal situation.
The Illegal Money Lending Team (based in Birmingham but supporting people in Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea) offer specialist advice to people who have been the victims of illegal loan sharks - these are people who have lent you money without a licence to do so, and often charge huge interest rates and use threatening behaviour when getting the money back.Contact the team:- Phone - 0300 555 2222 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Text to: loan(space)shark(space) + your message to 60003
Organisations like Emmaus and London Reuse refurbish and sell used furniture and household goods at low prices.
Freecycle UK and Freegle are online bulletin boards where people can advertise unwanted items, including clothes, furniture, toys and household goods, to be collected for free. You can also post 'Wanted' messages requesting items.
Friends of the Elderly offers one-off grants to older people to cover the costs of replacing furniture and household goods, as well as the costs of household repairs and adaptations, utility bills, and mobility aids.
Disability Grants UK is a website listing charitable organisations offering grants to disabled people and people with long-term health conditions, to cover the costs of mobility aids, household goods, rent, bills and unexpected expenses.
The Advance Advocacy Project support women who are experiencing a variety of of different issues, including problems with debt.
Nucleus offer confidential and free legal advice and assistance to people living in Kensington and Chelsea on a variety of issues, including debt.
If you would like to receive independent advice on money and benefits, accessing care and support, legal issues, housing, your rights as a carer, and a range of other issues, then you can contact the Westminster Advice Services Partnership (WASP).
Advice Westminster offer a free online and email advice service for Westminster residents, allowing users to access advice and information on all areas of social welfare law including welfare benefits and tax credits, employment and consumer rights, income maximisation, housing and homelessness, debt and financial capability, and more.They also offer a service offering support to people in making complaints about the way in which other services have been administered.
Staying First has a debt and welfare benefits service for people living in Fulham which provides free independent and confidential advice. They can help with benefits entitlement or problems, representation at tribunals, negotiating with creditors or baliffs and advice on money management.