There is lots of help and support available to help families in crisis who have no access to fuel or food over the next six weeks. Here are just a few things that may help.
Families on low income who are entitled to free school meals will receive £30 vouchers per child directly from school. If you have a technical issue regarding the vouchers you should contact the number of the voucher company or speak to your school.
Families who are not in receipt of benefit but who find themselves in crisis as a result of furlough or zero hours contracts etc. should contact their local family centres who have a system in place to assess personal circumstances.
Dudley North Family Centre, Bayer St, Coseley, Bilston WV14 9DS 01384 813096
Dudley Central Family Centre, Selborne Road, DY2 8LJ 01384 812 440
Brierley Hill Family Centre, Parkes Street, DY5 3DY 01384 813322
Stourbridge Family Centre, Forge Road, DY8 1XF 01384 818780
Halesowen Family Centre, Lye By-Pass, DY9 8HT 01384 813954
If a family irrelevant of whether they receive benefits or not have metered fuel and cannot afford to top it up over Christmas they should call the Winter Warmth Team on 01384 817086
Families who are having difficulty paying fuel bills should contact
Organisations that can help families in crisis.
Black Country Foodbank will be open for emergencies over the Christmas period. Visit www.blackcountryfoodbank.org.uk/locations/ to find the nearest places you can collect foodbank parcels from or call 01384 671250 to talk to someone who can help.
Asda Café Kids meals for free throughout December – Please follow this link to find out more https://corporate.asda.com/newsroom/2020/11/30/kids-can-eat-free-in-asda-cafes-throughout-december
St Thomas’s Community Association have set up a new foodbank at the Sledmere Community Centre. If you are struggling financially and require a food parcel you can collect one in person from the foodbank at; Sledmere Community Centre, The School Drive (off Buffery Road), Dudley, DY2 8EH.
The opening times are every Wednesday from 5pm – 7pm and Sundays from 11am -1.00pm. It will also be open over the Chirstmas period.
If you are unable to leave the house or collect in person the foodbank can arrange delivery, where prior notice is given. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07957 683696
Heaven’s Kitchen Based in the The Lighthouse Centre, Salop Street, Dudley, DY1 3AT provide a three course meal every Monday evening at 7pm and a cooked breakfast every Saturday morning from 10:00am call for more information 01384 239222
Champions Church, Netherton provide a hot food delivery service for those in need every Tuesday at 7pm contact email@example.com or call 01384 242455
High Oak Youth and Community Centre run a community kitchen project that feed families in need on a Wednesday 10-2pm. They are based at 34 High Oak, Pensnett, Dudley, Brierley Hill DY5 4LA call 07982 428831 for more information.
Gather Dudley CIC based in the Churchill Shopping Centre, run a pay it forward scheme Monday to Saturday. If you are struggling to feed your family you can use the scheme. They also run a fair share food scheme on a Saturday morning where people can take away surplus free food that’s available. Visit www.facebook.com/gatherdudleycic/ or call 07375 084536 to find out more.
Black Country Well Being Centre based in Vale Street, Upper Gornal, DY3 3XF are providing hot meals for people in need on Thursdays and Fridays. They also run a foodbank on a Saturday Visit www.facebook.com/Black-Country-Wellbeing-Centre-214643865809630 or call 07501 827334
Life Central Church, Owen House, Little Cornbow, Halesowen, B63 3AJ provide Fortnightly hot meals for families in Crisis contact 0121 501 3542 for more information
Harry’s café part of Top Church Training in Brierley Hill can help support families in crisis visit Top Church Training Brierley Hill | Facebook for more information
Children’s and adult care services emergency duty team 0300 555 8574
Emergency housing repairs 0300 555 8283
Callpay 0300 555 7000
Dudley Council plus 0300 555 2345
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