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Covid Winter Grant Fund

The Covid Winter Grant Scheme is a new initiative from central Government to support children, families and the most vulnerable over winter. 

Using this fund, Wandsworth will be supporting families and young people in need by;

-        Providing free food vouchers for the Christmas holiday and next half term, using our own Wandsworth app. This scheme is targeted at those in particular need; all children entitled to Free School Meals, all those with a social worker and in need of help or protection, all those extremely clinically vulnerable, all those registered as young carers and all foster families. Information about the food vouchers (including troubleshooting and FAQ’s) can be found here https://help.schoolvouchers.com/hc/en-gb/sections/360003848737-Parent-FAQs

-        Offering financial support for families and individuals in need, with food, energy and water bills.

-        Providing Grants to local voluntary groups and clubs to provide hot meals and food parcels to vulnerable children in the community.

-        Funding a set of fun and educational activity programmes for children during the winter holidays, in partnership with our brilliant local youth organisations, to help children catch up on learning.

F.A.Q’s

How can I apply for the scheme?

You can not refer yourself for this scheme.  We have worked closely with our partners, such as schools, to identify those most in need and contacted them directly.

If you haven’t heard from us and think that you may be entitled to support over the Christmas break, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 8871 7899

I have no recourse to public funds, am I eligible?

If you have no recourse to public funds and  you have children of school ag,e you will be eligible to receive a free school meal voucher and will be contacted directly.  If you have a social worker then you will may also be able to access some additional funding.

Can I choose which supermarket I get vouchers from?

Yes,  if you are eligible for free food vouchers you can choose which supermarket you would like the voucher for.

How is it the grant I am eligible for calculated?

The grant is calculated per child and everyone will receive the same amount.  You may be eligible for additional funding/ support but this will be administered

How will I receive my Grant?

Food vouchers will be provided via our Wandsworth App.  Schools will also help all families who require any support in accessing our food e-vouchers - they are happy to print them off on your behalf. If you have any questions linked to free school meals, please contact Pedro Peixoto Pedro.Peixoto@RichmondandWandsworth.gov.uk

Digital support - Schools have been helping us identify children who require digital support. If your child does not have access to technology to aid their learning, please do ensure that you contact Pedro Peixoto Pedro.Peixoto@RichmondandWandsworth.gov.uk

Energy and Water - We have been using information available to us to target those most in need for this funding.

I am not eligible for this support, what else is available?

Wandsworth has a range of services to support children, families and young people with whatever life throws at them.  Please visit our home page to find out more https://thrive.wandsworth.gov.uk/kb5/wandsworth/fsd/home.page

If you are concerned about a child or feel you need to talk to someone about your family’s support needs please call 020 8871 7899

Who to contact

Telephone

Last updated: 16 Dec 2020

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