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Review your benefits

Benefits are designed and intended to help people live the best life possible, so it’s important you apply for all the help available to you.

Visit our benefits review page for more information about the benefits you can claim to help make life easier.

Cost of living support

There are lots of organisations and schemes that can help you manage through the current cost of living crisis. Some of these are local to Warrington and there are also national schemes available to you.

We have split our list of help into different categories, depending on your specific situation. These include support with food, finances, bills and childcare.

Food support

If you need help with food, there are a number of foodbanks across Warrington, run by different organisations. Some foodbanks require you to have a voucher in order to use them, while others allow you to visit when you need to.

For advice about foodbanks, you can find information and help from the Warrington Foodbank information centre in Golden Square Shopping Centre. They are open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 2pm. Please note, this is not a foodbank itself, but can provide advice and guidance.

There are also a number of organisations across Warrington that can help you with your food shopping or provide nutritious, low-cost meals.

Financial support

There are a number of support schemes that have been created to help people through the current cost of living crisis. Some of these schemes are only open to people who are eligible and others you can apply for if you need help.

Household Support Fund

Apply for Household Support

Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding (EBSS) & Alternative Fuels Payment (AFP)

These schemes have now closed. Final payments will be issued w/c 28 August 2023

If you have any questions about the scheme please email

Help with energy bills

We all need to try to reduce our energy bills but also need to live comfortably and heating our home is important to help us stay well. We have collated some support that might help you to reduce your energy bills.

Childcare support

There are a number of schemes that are available which can help you with the cost of childcare.

Some schemes provide free childcare hours, depending on the age of your child and your current circumstances.

Practical support

Whether it's cheaper broadband, mobile phone deals or other money-saving tips, we have a list of ideas, support and advice to help you reduce your bills and cost of living.

Request to list your organisation

You can make a request to list your organisation on the directory by completing our short online request form.

You'll need to let us know a few details including what type of support you are able to offer, who you would work with, what days you would be open/able to provide support and what address you would be providing support from (unless you are offering delivery/mobile support).

You will need to be an established organisation, charity, voluntary or community group to feature on the directory.

Help for households

In response to the cost of living crisis, the government has launched Help for Households website to draw together support packages that help ease the cost of living impact.

There are 41 schemes available, including: 

  • Income support
  • Help with energy bills
  • Help with childcare costs
  • Housing support
  • Help with transport costs
  • Help finding work
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Funding for community groups

We know community, voluntary and not-for-profit groups can make a huge difference to residents who are struggling with the cost of living. If your community group is looking for funding, Warrington Voluntary Action can offer support with finding funding for your organisation and have a range of local and national grants listed on their website.

Mental health support in Warrington

If you're having difficulty with money, or with your mental health, then it's important to ask for help. There are free services which can help you manage your money, sort out your debts and look after your mental health.

The Happy? OK? Sad? website lists both local and national organisations who offer free advice, information or support on issues relating to mental health, money and debt.

8 January 2024