There has been an increase in unemployment due to the huge strain that the coronavirus pandemic has put on our economy, meaning that many people have either been furloughed and therefore lost part of their income, have lost their jobs or have been unable to continue to work and earn money through their own business.
In any scenario, money worries can be extremely stressful, and can have a negative effect on your mental health.
It can be easy to feel too overwhelmed and unable to cope, but there is a huge amount of support available to help support you through these difficult times.
We have a wealth of information and support available for those who are going through financial difficulties, as well as our Havering Works service which provides free support for local residents looking to get back to work or explore future career opportunities.
There are also local support services available to help Havering residents with money advice:
Citizens Advice Havering https://www.haveringcab.org/
Christians Against Poverty https://capuk.org/
Age UK Redbridge, Barking & Havering - information and advice https://www.ageuk.org.uk/redbridgebarkinghavering/
Liberty Credit Union https://www.lcu.org.uk/
Peabody – benefits and money saving advice https://www.peabody.org.uk/
If you are in financial crisis, and unable to afford food, then you may be able to get a foodbank voucher that entitles you to three days’ emergency food.
Frontline professionals, such as children’s centres, housing associations, advice charities and mental health teams, are able to assess your needs and provide a voucher if required, or you can give 0808 2082138 a call Monday – Friday between 9am to 5pm to speak to a trained Citizens Advice advisor.
If you require food support, then the following local organisations are here to help:
The Trussel Trust have foodbanks in Romford, Harold Hill and Rainham
UCC It takes a village – Cranham + Upminster exists to help local people who are struggling through pay it forward schemes, food parcels and charity links.
Tapestry provides one off, free meals to individuals in emergencies for those who find themselves unable to access food or cook for themselves. They also now offer a daily service, which can provide you regularly with a 2-course meal for just £5.