We are now working in partnership with organisations and agencies to provide advice and support to people in crisis. Examples of crisis may include:
- Having no means of providing food for yourself or your family
- Being homeless or finding yourself at risk of being homeless
- Having no basic necessities to manage your home.
If you find yourself in crisis you can apply for welfare support online, which may qualify you for food parcels, gas and electric vouchers and furniture packages. The form is also for professionals making a referral for welfare support on someone else's behalf.
Please note that we do not make cash payments or pay out crisis loans.
We can offer:
- Free, confidential advice and support on a range of welfare benefits
- Help with completing claim forms
- Guidance and support when making appeals.
There are a number of ways you can access welfare rights advice and guidance:
- Request an appointment to see a Welfare Rights Advisor for help with P.I.P, DLA and AA forms
- Arrange a home visit if you are house bound
- You can also get advice about individual benefits and tax credits at GOV.UK
- Visit one of our outreach surgeries:
Outreach surgeries - dates and times
||9am - 12pm, Sunshine House, Scholes
||9am - 12pm, Atherton Library
9am - 11am, Ashton Library, Wigan Road, Ashton
||9am - 12pm, Pensioners Link, Charles Street, Leigh
2pm - 4pm, Marsh Green Library
||2pm - 4pm, Golborne Library
Find information about Christmas foodbanks, including how to apply, the deadline for applications and opening hours over the Christmas period.
Please note: Make sure you specify in your application that you are applying for a Christmas hamper (not a normal food parcel) and that you let us know the ages and gender of any children in the application.
Unify Credit Union
We are working with Unify Credit Union (external link) to provide support to people who may require financial assistance or be in need of help to set up a home.
Unify Credit Union will support people in a crisis and in need of significant financial assistance and will treat each application on its own merits. The amount that people are able to borrow will be determined by affordability. The Credit Union can also make appropriate referrals where affordability is an issue.