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Last Updated: Monday, September 6, 2021

Help you could receive for food and other basic needs

Foodbanks are a good resource of free food and basic goods available to all in need, regardless of immigration status.  You can find your local council's contact details on GOV.UK

Find your closest foodbank

The Trussell Trust is the largest franchise of Foodbanks in the UK. You can use their online tool to search by area or postcode to find the one closest to you.  
Alternatively, you could contact Citizens Advice to find out the phone number for your local centre. Your local centre should be able to tell you where your nearest foodbank is and how the referral process works. Click here if you are in England, here if you are in Scotland, here if you are in Wales and here if you are in Northern Ireland.  

Travel to a foodbank 

If you are not able to travel to a foodbank due to illness, self-isolation or because you cannot get the required transport, you may be able to receive a delivery. You will need to contact the foodbank to discuss this. 


If you are experiencing violent, controlling or intimidating behaviors at home and you are concerned about your wellbeing, or that of any children or others you live with, there is support available to you (for both men, women, children and adults).

If you are in immediate danger, you should dial 999. If you cannot speak out loud to the operator, you can press ‘55’ and the call will be processed in accordance to the ‘Silent Solution’ procedure. If you are not in immediate danger but would like to talk about your experiences and ask for advice, there are a number of services you can access from your home. Below is a list of a few: 

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline 

Telephone: 0808 2000 247 

Specialist lesbian, gay, bixsexual and trangender (LGBT) support: 

Telephone: 0800 999 5428 / helpline is open: Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm. Wednesday and Thursday 10am – 8:00pm 

Women’s Aid: 
Women’s Aid continues to monitor and evaluate the impact of Covid-19 on women experiencing domestic abuse and the services which support them.

Live chat available here 

Latin American Women’s Rights Service 
Domestic abuse support service available by phone on: 02073249805 or 02073249808.  

Latin American Women’s Aid

Runs the only refuges in Europe and in the UK by and for Latin American women and children fleeing gender-based violence. They also provide advice and support services.
If your case is related to Domestic Violence or any other form of violence against women. Click here for Español & português

Contact Number:  020 7275 0321 from 9:30am to 5:30pm or use their online chat.

Click here for information on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

Click here for information on Universal Credit and Employment Support Allowance