Holiday Support Vouchers
Stockport Council have asked us to share the following message with families:
Stockport Council are pleased to announce that families of school-age children who are eligible for income-based Free School Meals and those in early years with equivalent eligibility, will receive vouchers to the value of £60 per eligible child to help with the cost of food, essential utilities and other essential living costs this February half term and Easter holiday.
Please note, vouchers received at February half term cover both February half term and the Easter holiday.
Families do not need to do anything to apply and will automatically receive a voucher for any child for who they have claimed income-based free school meals. Vouchers will only be sent to families who had a claim on or before 24 January 2022.
For families where the council holds an email address, will receive an electronic voucher via the Post Office. For those where the council does not hold an email address, will be sent an Aldi supermarket voucher in the post.
Vouchers will be sent out from 9 February 2022. The council will send an email directly to families to notify them once the vouchers have been issued.
Email vouchers will be valid for 3 weeks from the date of the email.
If you are eligible but have not received your voucher by 11 February 2022, be sure to check your spam/junk folders. If you still cannot find your voucher, visitâ€¯www.stockport.gov.uk/free-school-meals/holiday-support-voucher for more information. The webpage also has suggestions and tips for finding, opening and redeeming your voucher.
Other support available:
Over the Easter holiday, there will be free and fun holiday activities and food for school-age children who are in receipt of means tested free school meals. To find out more visit: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/haf. If you need help to find information or to sign up for clubs and activities, please email HAF@stockport.gov.uk.
Your Local Pantry scheme
The ‘Your Local Pantry’ scheme by Stockport Homes Group helps people access affordable food from 5 locations across the borough. Memberships range from standard (£3.50 per week) to family (£6.50 per week). In return members can select up to 10 items with a standard membership or up to 20 items with a family membership. Members can select from a range of non-perishable items, fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as chilled and frozen items. During February half term, there will be more support for Pantry members across the 5 Stockport locations. For more information, please follow the Your Local Pantry Facebook pages or visit www.yourlocalpantry.co.uk.
Stockport Council Support Fund
If you're a Stockport resident, you can apply to Support Funds for help such as a food bank referral; help to find items that you may need in your home (cooker, fridge, washing machine); gas and electricity top up for prepaid meters; help paying your Council Tax; payment of a shortfall in rent; or help to apply to a charity or trust fund. For more information and to apply for help visit: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/financial-support-in-a-crisis.
Advice and Support
Additional support and advice can be found at: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/topic/money-advice-and-support-coronavirus
Healthy Start Vouchers
Families who haveâ€¯aâ€¯childâ€¯under the age of 4â€¯orâ€¯areâ€¯pregnant, you may also be eligible forâ€¯furtherâ€¯support through theâ€¯NHSâ€¯Healthy Start Scheme. More informationâ€¯can be foundâ€¯at www.healthystart.nhs.uk. You can also ask a midwife or health visitor for help or phone the Healthy Start helpline on 0345 607 6823.
To request a food bank referral, contact Stockport Citizens Advice on 0808 278 7803.
Stockport Council Welfare Rights Team
A team of experienced specialist advisers can represent you at benefits appeals or if you have a problem with your benefits. For more information, visit: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/help-with-benefit-appeals. If you need any help completing the form, you can contact the Welfare Rights Team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0161 217 6003.
If you needâ€¯help getting online, contact theâ€¯DigiKnowâ€¯Helpline on 07537 127095.