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Community transport

Across South Holland there are numerous transport initiatives that can help individuals and groups to access local services.

Community Transport lists alternative travel options for people unable to access public transport in Lincolnshire.

Call Connect is a demand-responsive transport service for all ages. It uses minibuses to link the passengers with bus routes across Lincolnshire. Services pick up and drop off at designated locations in towns and villages in South Holland in response to customers’ advance bookings.

Holbeach Community Minibus isa charity trust funded locally, owning a 16 seater minibus that is available to local groups for hire.

Voluntary Car Scheme

The voluntary car scheme is a low cost car sharing scheme across some parishes in South Holland. The service provides door to door transport for hospital and medical appointments, with coordinators in each of the participating parishes. Please contact the appropriate person for your area:

Pinchbeck 01775 766171 (Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm)
Spalding and Cowbit 01775 76608

Age UK

Click here to get help with:

Building Connections
Community Connectors
Connect to Support Lincolnshire
Hospital Avoidance Response Team (HART)
Hospital Discharge Resettlement Service
Information & Advice
Patient Support Service
Personal Care & Care Companions
Cleaning & Specialised Cleaning
Help in the Home
Home Energy Checks
Lifestyle Support
Moving Home
Rising Cost of Living
Smart Meters
Trusted Traders

Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency:

Green Homes Grants
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy funded grants to help homeowners and landlord make energy efficiency improvements. Properties must have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of E, F or G and a household income of less than £30k per year to be eligible. Residents can contact the team on 01507 613573  www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/greenhomesgrant

Energy Saving Trust
Advice on how to save money on energy bills and access to help to pay energy bills. www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/campaign/how-to-save-money-on-your-energy-bills

National Energy Action
National charity working to end fuel poverty who offer a new Warm and Safe Homes Advice available on webchat www.nea.org.uk/webchat and helpline 0800 304 7159.

Priority Services Register

Anyone who may need a little extra help during a power cut can register – this is suitable for elderly, very ill or disabled people and those who rely on power for medical equipment

For electricity supplies: https://www.nationalgrid.co.uk/customers-and-community/priority-services/benefits-of-being-on-our-register

For mains gas supplies: https://cadentgas.com/help-advice/supporting-our-customers/priority-services-register

Help with Food:

Free School Meals
Children in low-income households may be entitled to free school meals and schools can benefit from ‘pupil premium’ to support extra curricular activities. www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/school-pupil-support/apply-free-school-meals 01522 782030

Holiday Activities and Food Programme
Government funded programme to provide school-aged children eligible for Free School Meals with access to free healthy meals and activities in school holidays. www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/school-pupil-support/holiday-activities-food-programme

Lincolnshire Food Partnership (LFP)
Lincolnshire has a range of community support charities, churches and organisations that can help with emergency food. Eligibility and referral processes vary. A map of food banks and contacts is available at www.lincolnshirefoodpartnership.org/foodbanks

Healthy Start Scheme
Pre-paid card for pregnant women and parents of children under 4 to help buy milk, fruit and vegetables. www.healthystart.nhs.uk 0300 330 7010.

Practical and Emotional Support:

Mental Health Support
Lincolnshire has confidential, free phone helpline for emotional mental health support. Specialist workers provide support, advice and guidance 24 hours a day on 0800 001 4331.

Here For You offers mental health and emotional wellbeing advice line for young people, parents and carers. Available 24 hours a day on free phone 0800 234 6342.

Wellbeing Lincs
Wellbeing Lincs is a countywide service supporting adults across Lincolnshire to achieve confident, fulfilled and independent lives. www.wellbeinglincs.org or call 01522 782140

It offers a helping hand through life’s changes, including

Ill health
Changes to financial circumstances
Changing medical need
Lack of family support
Loneliness and social isolation
Change in general situation or circumstance

Connect to Support
Connect to Support Lincolnshire is an online information, advice library and community directory for adults in Lincolnshire. It offers signposting to groups, activities and support within local communities. www.lincolnshire.connecttosupport.org

Telephone support and live web chat to help people navigate support is available Monday to Friday 2pm to 7pm on 0300 3030 8789

Connect to Support is a directory of information and advice relating to adult care and community wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing
Housing & Independence at Home
Getting Out & About (Travel & Mobility)
Volunteering & Community
Money & Legal Matters

Financial Support

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice offer free, impartial advice on debt, benefits, employment, and housing problems. They can help households make sure you’re getting all the support they are entitled to. www.citizensadvice.org.uk Advice Line on freephone 0800 1448848

Help to Claim

If residents have lost their job or seen reduced hours, they might be eligible for Universal Credit. Many in-work households do not claim as they do not know what they are entitled to. Help to Claim is a service to help people in the early stages of a Universal Credit claim. Support is available on freephone 0800 1448444 Information on Universal Credit, advance payment and the migration from ‘legacy benefits’ is available at www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk

Pension Credit

Pension Credit gives you extra money to help people of State Pension age and on a low income with living costs. Pension Credit can also help with housing costs such as ground rent or service charges and is a ‘passport benefit’ which allows access to other support such as free TV license, Warm Homes Discount and NHS dental treatment. £10,000 or less in savings and investments does not affect Pension Credit entitlement. More details on eligibility, amounts and how to apply are available at www.gov.uk/pension-credit Pension Credit claim line: 0800 99 1234

Lincolnshire Credit Union

Credit Unions help people save money and can offer affordable loans. They are an alternative to loan sharks and pay-day lenders and can help people avoid problem debt. www.nottsandlincscu.co.uk 0330 004 0842

NHS prescriptions and health costs

Some people are eligible for free NHS prescriptions, dental treatment, eye tests and help with other NHS costs including transport to appointments. www.gov.uk/help-nhs-costs

Social Tariffs

Switching provider or accessing discounted social tariffs can help households save money. Ofcom are raising awareness of social tariffs from broadband and phone packages and how people can access them. www.ofcom.org.uk/phones-telecoms-and-internet/advice-for-consumers/costs-and-billing/social-tariffs

Anglian Water offer tariffs for low-income households that can offer up to 50% discount on water and sewage charges. Residents can call the Extra Care Team on 0800 232 1963 and see if they are able to switch tariff or find if there other ways Anglian Water can help with bills. www.anglianwater.co.uk/account-and-bill/tariffs-and-charges/lite/

Money Advice & Pensions Service

Government funded debt advice, budgeting tools and money advice is provided by the Money and Pensions Service. Money Helper offers free, impartial help with money online, over the phone on 0800 138 7777 or on WhatsApp on 07701 342 744 www.moneyhelper.org.uk

Debt Advice

In Lincolnshire, Citizens Advice organisations deliver telephone and face-to-face debt support as part of national commission. This can be accessed locally through Advice Line on freephone 0800 1448848

Residents can also access free, confidential, regulated debt advice through Step Change Debt Charity at www.stepchange.org.uk or by calling 0800 138 1111

Household Support Fund

Lincolnshire has been allocated funding for a third round of the Household Support Fund to ​provide support to vulnerable households in most need of support to help with significantly rising living costs this winter. Please visit Lincolnshire County Counil’s Household Support Fund page for updates on the countywide scheme.

Residents facing financial difficulties should visit www.costoflivingsupport.campaign.gov.uk for details of the other support available.

Bill Prioritiser

It can be difficult to manage all the different bills and payments in our lives. The consequences of not paying off some bills before others can be more serious. The MoneyHelper Bill prioritiser can help you sort your bills and payments in the right order and tell you what you need to do if you’re struggling to pay before you miss a payment.