Help for families

How residents with children can get support with cost of living crisis

Money to help with food, bills, energy costs and other essentials

The Household Support Fund is now open for applications to help with food, energy, bills and other essential costs.

Higher payments have been available for the winter months. Depending on your situation, you could get up to £240.

If you have applied and received a grant from Age UK Berkshire or Citizens Advice Wokingham between April and September 2023, you can now apply again. New applications are welcome.

If you have a child who receives means-tested free school meals, you can get £20 per week, per child, during school holidays from First Days Children's Charity.

Expansion of free childcare from April 2024

From April free childcare is being expanded to include hundreds of extra families in Wokingham Borough.

For the first time eligible working parents of two-year-olds can get reduced costs on childcare.

If you want to get free childcare for your two-year-old in time for April, you must apply before 31 March.

Visit the Government’s free childcare guide for eligibility and how to apply.

Sustainable Warmth Grants

Residents on low incomes could get up to £25,000 of home improvements free of charge. This is through the Government's Sustainable Warmth Scheme. Or contact our energy team, which can also give advice on these grants.

Help from us for families

Housing needs

Find or apply for housing

Free childcare for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

How to access free early education or childcare

Discretionary Housing Payments

Help with housing costs


Find help if you are homeless or at risk

Ask for family support

Advice, assessments, and resources for families

Help with food

Crisis and low cost food options

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