Children and families will get extra support this winter, with councils given new funding through the government’s Winter Support Grant to ensure vulnerable households do not go hungry or without essential items.
We've been given £908,596 to provide additional support to families most affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will use the funding to give our vulnerable residents peace of mind in the run-up to Christmas and over the winter months. We’ll do this by helping those who need it to have food on the table and other essentials, so every child will be warm and well-fed this winter.
Areas of support
We've allocated the funding into four areas of support:
Free school meals
Holiday hampers will be provided to eligible children during the December and February school breaks. The hampers will include:
- food supplies
- children’s activity packs
- links to cookery videos
- signposting to health and wellbeing services and other support organisations, such as Citizens Advice Medway.
We're working directly with all Medway schools to ensure a hamper is available at the end of each term for all children who are eligible for free school meals.
Emergency assistance grant extension
We’ll be topping up the grant that provides residents, who are struggling financially, with food and other essential items they need, such as a fridge, bed, and support paying for gas and electricity.
Citizens Advice Medway is managing the grant on behalf of Medway Council. It is providing essential items to residents most in need. This is part of its existing contract through the Local Welfare Provision scheme.
Early help hub and social care direct support packages
This financial support will be given to the vulnerable families that our early help and social care teams are supporting. This could help pay utility bills, and buy clothing, white goods and food.
These support packages could prevent additional stress and reduce support needed elsewhere.
Food and support charities
We already work closely with several charities and voluntary organisations.
We plan to bolster the support we give to important charities which give food to vulnerable people and high-risk groups.