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Foodbanks – a legacy of the 2008 financial crisis

Food banks were practically unheard of in the UK before the 2008 recession, but there are now more than 2,000.  Why is this, how do they work and how can you help?  Find out more here.

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Universal Credit Uncovered

Over the past nine weeks the Trussell Trust has been working with a wide range of charities and organisations on #UniversalCreditUncovered, shining a spotlight on the reality of living under Universal Credit. Find out more about what they’ve uncovered here – https://bit.ly/2KfasAJ  

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Summer holiday pop up foodbank

This year our Dorking Foodbank summer pop up reached out to help 45 adults and 63 children.  Thank you to the Children’s Centre for hosting the event and to everyone who donates food to help those who are struggling to feed themselves and their families. A big thanks also to our volunteer team who give […]

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Holiday hunger – the problem is growing

The Guardian reports that “church and community food banks are preparing for their busiest summer yet.” School holidays, sadly, simply mean more hardship and hunger for families with children who would normally receive free school meals.   If you’re struggling, let us help you – click here to find out more. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/21/food-banks-scramble-stop-1-million-children-school-holidays

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Fitness fun for kids

Check out the 10 Minute Shake Up, the new national campaign from Change4Life and help keep your kids active and healthy this summer.

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Helping with holiday hunger

Thanks to the generous support of our local community, Dorking foodbank was able to fulfil the demand for 45 holiday boost bags to help families with children who would normally receive free school meals. Read more about the problem of holiday hunger – https://www.trusselltrust.org/2019/07/16/uk-food-banks-fear-busiest-summer-ever-ahead/ 

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Money and mental health

Money and mental health are often linked. Poor mental health can make managing money harder and worrying about money can make your mental health worse. The charity Mind are there to help. Click here to access their website to find out more.

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Struggling to cope with the financial impact of cancer?

Struggling to cope with the financial impact of cancer? Anyone in need of welfare advice can call Macmillan’s free support line, which is funded almost entirely by generous donations, on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm) or visit www.macmillan.org.uk

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Needing help with healthcare expenses – check if you are eligible

The NHS Business Services Authority offers help with prescription and dental charges, the cost of glasses, travel and other healthcare expenses. More information can be found here.  Have a look at this online checker to see if you’re eligible, particularly if you receive any of the following: Income Support; Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; Income-related Employment and Support Allowance; […]

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Healthy Start – you may be eligible for this extra help

Anyone that is pregnant or those that have children under 4 years old could qualify for Healthy Start. The scheme offers free vouchers every week to spend on milk, fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk, as well as free vitamins.

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