Advice on agencies that help the general public.
If you are a Sandwell Resident and struggling to put food on the table; visit the Local Welfare Provision website which gives information on available help with food, fuel, travel and white goods; the page includes a link to apply. If you need help with applying visit your Local Centre Office . There is other help with meal provision in the area. Visit our Community Meals and Places of Welcome pages. Salma Foodbank may be able to help as well particularly if you are unable to leave your home. Remember that all Sikh Gurdwaras have a room which offers vegetarian food served by volunteers.
If you’re a family with under 5’s the best place for you to access help for your family is your local Children’s Centre click on this link for area specific information.
If you’re struggling to pay the rent or mortgage or anything to do with housing; click on the following link for various options.
Are you over the age of 55, Age UK have offices across the region where they can offer advice and guidance tailored to your needs.
If you are having problems claiming benefits, your first port of call should be the Job Centre Plus or after claiming your nearest Citizen’s Advice Bureaux.
Are you getting all the benefits you’re entitled to? Use this tool on Martin Lewis’s Money Saving Expert web site.
This is in no way meant to be a definitive list but you could always try the government’s information portal at Directgov.
We hope this information is of help and hope to you.
DON’T FORGET; You’ll need a voucher to access Smethwick Foodbank and receive food
Not only will you be able to access help and advice through these agencies but if they think it will help they may issue you with a voucher for the Food Bank.
Please contact us on our contact page if your circumstances are not covered to find out about an agency that may be able to help you.