Free school meals
If you're eligible for free school meals due to low income, you can also get vouchers from your school for the Christmas break. Families can choose to use these supermarket vouchers for food and essentials like blankets, bedding and warm clothing.
Contact your school for more information
Check if you're eligible for free school meals
Food banks are community organisations that can help if you can’t afford the food you need. You’ll usually need to get a referral to a food bank before you can use it.
A good place to ask for a referral is your nearest Citizens Advice. Tell them you need the food bank – they'll probably make you an appointment to discuss your situation with an adviser.
Alternatively, you can ask for a referral from an organisation that’s already supporting you – for example, a charity, school or children’s centre.
Holiday activities for kids
The HAPpy programme is running more than 100 activity camps from 22 December 2022 until 4 January 2023 (selected days).
Book a holiday activity now – there are more than 10,000 free activity camp places. Eligible families should get their booking code from their school and reserve a place at a camp near them as soon as possible.
Information for professionals
Whether you interact with the public in your day job or as a volunteer, we understand how important it is that you can direct residents to trusted sources of help and advice in Hertfordshire when needed.
Watch webinar: https://youtu.be/C0WgjZ0DGdE
This webinar will help you identify when a resident may need support, be able to signpost them to a trusted source of advice, and know when and how to refer someone who may need more in-depth support from one of our specialist services in the County. You'll hear from services including Citizens Advice, the Money Advice Unit, Age UK and other professionals in Hertfordshire offering support to residents facing an increased cost of living.
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