In addition to the Benefits and help services we provide, free, confidential and independent advice and support is available from the following agencies.
- Help in general
- Help with energy and utility charges
- Help with food, furniture and household supplies
- Help with jobs, education and development
- Help for families
- Help if you have a disability
- Help for older people
- Help with housing, money and debt
- Help with mental health and wellbeing
- Help for young people under 25
Help in general
Enables you to search for support or services in your area. You can also register your organisation to appear on the directory for Worcestershire residents to find you.
Bromsgrove and Redditch Network (BARN)
Signposts to a variety of voluntary sector services and helps find the right service if you need help to access food, furniture, school uniform, money advice, support when facing homelessness, disability advice and more. Call 01527 60282 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your local library can provide signposting and referral along with internet/wifi access.
Onside advocacy offers help to people facing disadvantage to ensure they are treated fairly as equal citizens, with equal rights and have access to all the right services.
Lots of things in life can make you feel unwell or overwhelmed. One in five people who visit their GP or health care professionals have problems that can't be solved with medical treatment.
A Social Prescriber may be able to help if you are registered with one of the surgeries below:
Davenal House|New Road Rubery|New Road Bromsgrove|Glebelands|Barnt Green surgery|Catshill Village Surgery|Cornhill Surgery|Churchfields Surgery
If you think a Social Prescribing Link Worker can help, please call 0300 303 5291 or email email@example.com
Help with energy and utility charges
We provide a free impartial Energy Advice Service delivered by Act on Energy that helps you to cut energy bills, minimise home energy use, reduce carbon emissions and get advice tailored to you. Freephone 0800 988 288
If your household income is low, you may be entitled to a BIG reduction. If eligible for the scheme, you could receive up to 90% off the average Severn Trent water bill.
Information available, includes reliable hints and tips on how to reduce your energy bills.
Help with food, furniture and household supplies
NewStarts provide a foodbank, free or low cost furniture, and household supplies to families and individuals who are in greatest need either on low incomes or in financial crisis. Foodbanks operate in from their sites in Aston Fields and New Frankley (covering Rubery).
NewStarts Community Supermarket
1 Sherwood Road, Aston Fields. Every Thursday 3 - 6pm - pay what you can!
Basement Project works with young people aged up to 25 and they have an Foodbank on site in Bromsgrove Town Centre.
Volunteer run foodbank in Catshill. Help may also be accessed for white goods/household essentials.
Available every Monday between 1.30pm and 2.30pm but call on 01564 822726 outside these hours as there is generally always someone available to help.
Advise on how to cut food waste and save money
Mobile App that connects customers to restaurants and stores locally that have unsold food surplus which customers can buy at discounted prices.
Help with jobs, education and development
Find full or part-time work using the GOV.UK "Find a job" service to search and apply for jobs. This service replaced universal job match
Help for families
A leading national charity working with and supporting single parent families offering support around benefits, money management, debt and other issues commonly affect single parents.
If you are more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk if you are receiving a qualifying benefit. You can apply online for the NHS Healthy Start card.
A Government website to find free childcare options near you.
The Starting Well Partnership supports parents, families, children and young people across Worcestershire.
Free childcare is available for some 2 year old children and all 3 and 4 year old children within Worcestershire.
For free school meals food and activities during the school holidays.
Find out if your family is eligible for free school meals and how to apply.
Free school meals are not part of a Universal Credit payment
You need to make a separate application through Worcestershire County Council
Help if you have a disability
DIAL In Worcestershire, is a free and confidential, independent charity, providing Information and Advice Services to those in Bromsgrove, Redditch, and Wyre Forest, on all aspects of living with a disability.
Help for older people
This local charity aims to make North Worcestershire a better place for people 50+ to grow older, by delivering a range of local services aimed at promoting independence and enabling people to make the most of later life.
Call 01527 570490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Help with housing, money and debt
A part of the National Citizens Advice Charity working locally offering free, confidential advice and information about benefits, debt, housing and other issues.
Can support its residents with budgeting, employment and generic support. Contact us if you are struggling financially or worried about paying your rent and energy costs. You can also contact us for help with essential items, homelessness, skills and job clubs.
Call 0800 0850 160 or email email@example.com
Free and confidential Civil Legal Advice for citizens on low incomes to help with a range of problems including debt if you are at risk of losing your home, housing if you are at risk of being evicted or you are homeless.
The Money Advice Service is a free and impartial money advice service set up by the government offering a range of online and phone support to help you improve your finances.
MoneyHelper is here to make your money and pension choices clearer. Here to cut through the complexity, explain what you need to do and how you can do it. Here to put you in control with impartial guidance that’s backed by government and to recommend further, trusted support if you need it.
Stop Loan Sharks investigate and prosecute illegal money lenders, and provide support for borrowers.
National Debtline is a debt advice charity run by the Money Advice Trust that provides a free confidential debt advice service from expert debt advisors to help you improve your financial situation and take control of your debts.
New Starts Money Mentoring Project
Newstarts Money Mentoring is a NEW project that offers 1-2-1 support with Money Mentors to help with with debt, managing finances and budgeting at their site in Bromsgrove (1 Sherwood Road, B60 3DR - opposite Homebase).
To access this service please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01527 882410
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support, and legal services.
With 25 years experience Step Change's debt experts provide advice and support to help you achieve long term financial control.
StreetLink exists to help end rough sleeping by enabling members of the public to connect people sleeping rough with the local services that can support them. Tel: 0300 500 0914.
Help with mental health and wellbeing
Mental health support services available nationally and in Worcestershire
Whatever you're going through, call the Samaritans free any time, from any phone, on 116 123.
Help for young people under 25
Mental health support for children and young people across Worcestershire
The Basement Project is a small local charity that helps young people under 25 with any issues or problems they are experiencing. They offer young people a safe, secure environment and some stability.
St Basils work together with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.