Coronavirus Winter Support Fund
The Coronavirus Winter Support Fund supports Kingston residents who need additional assistance over the winter months.
To be eligible to access support you will need to be a resident of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and one or more of the following eligibility criteria must apply:
- You have insufficient funds to access nutritional meals between December 2020 and March 2021
- You have insufficient funds to be able to keep your home warm, electricity on and access to water for cooking
- You have insufficient funds to be able to afford sanitary products, warm clothing, soap, blankets, boiler service/repair, access to equipment including fridges, freezers, ovens, etc.
The Winter Support Fund is being delivered through three schemes:
School Holiday Scheme
Families with children who are eligible for Free School Meals will receive electronic supermarket food vouchers for the school holiday period.
Achieving for Children (AfC) will also be inviting disadvantaged families with two, three and four year olds to take up the school holiday offer. Eligible families will be emailed supermarket vouchers of £15 per week, per eligible child over the school holiday period.
Children's Services Scheme
AfC is already working with many families and young people across the borough who are eligible to receive support through the Fund. Where needed, they will be offered support with food, utility bills and other winter pressures through a voucher or small grant scheme. If you are already working with AfC and feel you would benefit from accessing additional support please speak to your AfC contact.
Voluntary Sector Scheme
The Council will be partnering with the voluntary sector to ensure that this fund can be used to support any family who needs additional support over the winter months. We are in the process of agreeing this part of the scheme and further information will follow shortly.
How to submit a request
If you have an immediate need for any of the above, please call 020 8547 5000 or submit a support request form via the Kingston Stronger Together Hub.