Information and links which may offer you help and support over coming months

Purton Parish Council Offices are open Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm and Fridays 9am-4pm if you would like to chat about further support options.

Sources of further information and support

BBC Action Line - Information on hardship, debt and homelessness

Citizens Advice - Debt and money information 0800 144 8848

Step Change - Free advice and a range of Solutions to help you pay, manage or write off debt

NHS Advice - Advice on coping with your money worries

Turn2Us - A national charity providing practical help to you if you are struggling financially

Money Advice Trust - A national charity, helping you to tackle your debts and manage your money with confidence

Money Advice Service - Free guidance you can trust

Christians Against Poverty - Money and debt advice

Age Concern - For retired people who are worried about money or not sure what you might be entitled to

The Samaritans - Someone to listen

Money Advice - A government-approved advice service providing money guidance.

Wiltshire Family & Community Learning - Offers a range of courses, including ones on balancing budgets, saving energy and shopping for less. 01225 770478                         

Age UK Wiltshire - A local charity working in the community to support older people, their families and carers.0808 196 2424

Wiltshire Council

Your Wiltshire Councilor - Cllr Jacqui Lay

Wiltshire Council - Advice if you're worried about money 0300 456 0100

Wiltshire Libraries - Libraries provide warm spaces with free access to books, newspapers, Wi-Fi and computers, plus printing for a small charge, and staff that can help to answer any queries you may have.

Wiltshire Money - Lists schemes that provide cost of living support (compiled by Wiltshire Citizens Advice).

Benefit Calculators

Benefits calculators - Lists the independent benefits calculators available to find out what benefits you could get and how to claim.

Free items

Olio - free food sharing app

Freecycle Purton & Swindon (on Facebook)

Freecycle Royal Wootton Bassett (on Facebook)

Swindon Foodbank - you'll need to obtain a referral but then can receive 3 boxes in any 6-month rolling period.

Trussell Trust Food banks - Community organisations aimed at supporting people who cannot afford the essentials in life. The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of food banks that provide emergency food and support.

Ask library staff for a full list of Wiltshire foodbanks.

Fuel - A project that offers children that receive benefits related free school meals the opportunity to take part in fun activities and receive a meal during school holidays.

Free Sanitary Supplies - delivered to your home

Free School Uniform for schools in Purton - a swap shop but you don't have to donate you can just go along and see what they have (more information coming soon)

Free School Uniform for schools in Royal Wootton Bassett - orders delivered into Royal Wootton Bassett schools only

Purton Community Fridge - on Facebook @PurtonCommunityFridge

Swindon Scrap Store - a variety of supplies, craft materials, furniture, uniform and on occasions food

Too good to go - App to eat well and avoid food waste. You can buy surprise bags of food from shops at particular times at a discount.

Help for households - Discover what cost of living support you could be eligible for.

Pre-school Support

Early Years Funding Early Years funding information for children from 2-years-old.

School Support

St Mary's C of E Primary School Pupil Premium Funding

Bradon Forest School Pupil Premium Funding

Utilities Suppliers & Energy Saving Advice & Telecoms

British Gas Energy Support Fund

Bulb Struggling to pay your bills

Energy Saving Advice Service advice on reducing energy usage and your bills

E.ON Help paying your bills

NPower Bill Support and Warm Home Discount Information

Octopus Energy Crisis Information Page

Ovo Customer Support Package

Scottish Power Worried about paying your bills

SSE Energy Bills Support Scheme

The Energy Saving Trust advice on reducing energy usage and your bills

Ofcom - Lists the cheaper broadband and phone packages (social tariffs) available.

Warm & Safe Wiltshire - Offers Wiltshire residents free and impartial energy saving advice via an advice line - 0800 038 5722. Provides help relating to insulation, heating and draft proofing and advice on available grants and schemes.

Jobcentre plus - If you’re seeking work, you may be able to get six months of broadband through your local Jobcentre Plus. 0800 169 0190

Information available from Banks and building societies on money worries



First Direct



Lloyds Bank

Nationwide Building Society

Nationwide Cost of Support Living Page

Metro Bank


Starling Bank


Virgin Money

Useful articles and information

How much will it cost to run my appliances (see diagram at bottom of article) Bloomberg

Housing Associations

Green Square

Unclaimed Pension Credits


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