Finance & debt support

It is an anxious time for a lot of people at the moment, especially if you are worried work and money – these issues can have a big impact on your mental health. For guidance on what your rights are at work, what benefits you are entitled to and what further support is available, see guidance for work and support.

 

If you’re finding it hard to afford food, find out if you’re eligible for Universal Credit. If you have a child, find out if they can get free school meals. Apply for Healthy Start vouchers if you’re 10 or more weeks pregnant or have a child under 4. Get more information on accessing food and other essential supplies.

 

The charity National Debtline estimates that more than eight million people in the UK have financial difficulties that can feel overwhelming. They have advice and guidance for people who have been financially impacted by coronavirus including advice for the self-employed and for those who have been made redundant. Read more here>  They have also developed handy resources including a free three-step debt guide on how to take control of your finances here

 

Citizen’s Advice offer a wide range of advice and support to help you deal with your debt problems and to get your finances back in shape here

 

Gloucestershire County Council’s website provides information about COVID-19 related grants and financial support available in the county here; They also provide advice for working age adults who may be at risk of experiencing financial hardship due to job loss or end of furlough or redundancy, including mental health support and advice. Find out more here

Money can also be a worry if you or a family member need to take time off work as a result of illness or to care for someone with a terminal illness, but there is support available. Ask a GP, hospital doctor or nurse to refer you to a hospital social worker or community social worker. They can assess your financial situation and give you advice on benefits. They can also tell you about any special funds you might qualify for. Find out more here

Alternatively, take a look at the services listed below:

Local Listings

Mind

Mind is a mental health support charity and offers a way of finding out what’s available in your area, such as specific BAME groups.

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Carer’s Trust

Carers Trust is a charity which works to improve support, services and recognition for carers.

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Gloucestershire Carers Hub

Gloucestershire Carers Hub provides information, advice and guidance for carers, signpost to other services, provide assessments and support planning, support groups and hubs, benefits and finance advice, access to groups, befriending and mentoring as well as counselling and provide a free 24-hour helpline as part of their carers’ emergency scheme.

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Independent Age

Independent Age is a charity aimed at supporting older adults and families with clear, free and impartial advice on care and support, money and benefits, health and mobility and how to get the help you need to remain independent.

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Warm and Well

Warm and Well offers energy efficiency advice to householders and also administers grant funding on behalf of the local authorities and other funders.

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National Debtline

National Debtline is a charity which provides free and independent debt advice over the phone and online as well as handy resources to help overcome financial pressures.

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Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice offers information and support for those struggling to pay bills, help with debt, budgeting, rent arrears and more and have local branches in your area.

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National Listings

Mind

Mind is a mental health support charity and offers a way of finding out what’s available in your area, such as specific BAME groups.

read more

Carer’s Trust

Carers Trust is a charity which works to improve support, services and recognition for carers.

read more

Gloucestershire Carers Hub

Gloucestershire Carers Hub provides information, advice and guidance for carers, signpost to other services, provide assessments and support planning, support groups and hubs, benefits and finance advice, access to groups, befriending and mentoring as well as counselling and provide a free 24-hour helpline as part of their carers’ emergency scheme.

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Independent Age

Independent Age is a charity aimed at supporting older adults and families with clear, free and impartial advice on care and support, money and benefits, health and mobility and how to get the help you need to remain independent.

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Warm and Well

Warm and Well offers energy efficiency advice to householders and also administers grant funding on behalf of the local authorities and other funders.

read more

National Debtline

National Debtline is a charity which provides free and independent debt advice over the phone and online as well as handy resources to help overcome financial pressures.

read more

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice offers information and support for those struggling to pay bills, help with debt, budgeting, rent arrears and more and have local branches in your area.

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Ask for help if you need it

It can be hard to know where to turn when we’re struggling with our mental health but support is available, from NHS and council-commissioned services to local and national charities. Many services are free, confidential, and you can access them yourself without a referral from a professional.

Support for carers

Find out what support is available to you.

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Support for children, young people and families

There is a wide range of support for children, young people and families in the county.

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Support for older age groups

More information about additional support that is available for older people locally and nationally.

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Support for ethnic minorities

Find out more about some of the support that is available

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Support for LGBTQ+ communities

Getting help with issues you're struggling to deal with on your own is one of the most important things you can do

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Support for veterans

If you think you or your partner may be experiencing mental health difficulties, you can get expert help

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Your health and wellbeing

The past year has been a particularly challenging time for everyone but whatever you’re worried about, please reach out for support – help is available

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If you can’t find what you are looking for, please get in touch to let us know what mental health support information would be useful to you at this time

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