As the cost of living continues to rise, we have gathered together some helpful information for you and your family living in Southend-on-Sea. Keep scrolling to find more about helpful support services in your community.

The cost of living crisis is putting additional strain on families. Energy and food costs are increasing, and job uncertainty and stagnant wages mean difficult choices and stress for parents and carers. It is important to know that there is a variety of support across the City for you and your family, from warm hubs and clothes banks to debt advice and money saving suggestions.

“I can’t see how I can afford our bills and don’t know where to start”.

Below are lots of helpful links that can take you to more information about the help, advice and support available to you.

We have been working with some of our partner organisations to bring together helpful information for families:

Southend City Council has created an essential booklet, Cost-of-living support and advice available for residents (Download here), which is a handy guide on everything from Universal
Credit to where to find Warm Hubs.

Click here to find out more

Here are some hints and tips from Early Years Alliance for you and your family for the winter:

Other Helpful Links And Services

One Southend

A community website including interactive maps showing local places for free support with food, clothing, hygiene products and warm spaces

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Crosslight Advice

Debt advice, budgeting support and money education

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Livewell Southend

Health and wellbeing directory across Southend

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Community news and directory

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NHS Healthy Start

The Healthy Start Scheme – help to buy food and milk

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Some of our projects offer helpful, practical suggestions for coping with stressful situations related to money worries:

The Trust Links sites at Shoeburyness, Westcliff and Kursaal provide support to families and community building opportunities.

Practical support is available to parents who are looking to learn about new career options.

Providing families with good quality food at a low cost.

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