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 has partnered with the voluntary sector to ensure that the Winter Support Fund is used to support any household who needs additional support over the winter months.  The following organisations will be able to discuss your needs with you and refer you for support.

Thinking Works
Thinking works provides vulnerable residents in the borough of Kingston upon Thames with fuel vouchers and emergency heating support.

Kingston Vineyard and Growbaby
Kingston Vineyard and Growbaby work with families with a child/children between 0-5. They will provide baby food, formula and nappies, as well as food vouchers, referrals to the Good Food co-op for fresh fruit and vegetables, small crisis loans and support with fuel vouchers.

Kingston Carers’ Network
The Kingston Carers’ Network supports unpaid carers, who can be as young as 5, and their families, who are facing financial hardship and struggling with food and fuel poverty

Homestart Richmond, Kingston, Hounslow
Homestart provides emotional and practical support to families with children aged 0-5 years. These grants will support Home-Start families who are struggling financially and facing food, fuel poverty or who are struggling to meet their housing costs. This will give families quick access to financial support. Referrals for Home-Start support can be made via our website or contacting us directly.

Migrant Advocacy Service Ltd
The Migrant Advocacy Service will be supporting vulnerable migrants throughout the borough. The organisation will be using the money to support families with food and utilities.

Kingston Stronger Together Hub  
The Kingston Stronger Together Hub can support families who need support to to access food, medicine and other essential items

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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.

Last Modified: 02/02/2021 14:24:07