Financial Assistance Fund
Families can suffer from economic hardship at any time, and the Financial Assistance Fund is there to make sure that short-term financial problems don't turn into long-term ones.
Offering a helping hand
Staff from across our services can make referrals and ask for support from the Financial Assistance Fund. The Fund can be used to support children, young people and families in circumstances where no other source of funding is available.
The most recent figures show that more than £25,000 was distributed through the Fund, all carefully monitored and all going to make a real difference to those who are most vulnerable.
A little goes a long way
The Financial Assistance Fund uses its resources carefully, targeting relatively small sums of money where they can make the most difference.
That could be help with utility bills if a family is in danger of being disconnected from gas or electricity supplies, or perhaps the purchase of a washing machine to make sure that the children have clean clothes every day for school.
The funding is not given casually. Experts from The Children's Centre work with each family to discuss longer-term budgeting and economic management.