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Cost of Living Support

Here to Help

Join the campaign helping residents with the cost of living

As the days grow colder and heating bills rise, we’re again boosting promotion of cost of living support – and encouraging those struggling financially in the Royal Borough to seek help before problems escalate.

Today we’re relaunching Here to Help, our promotional campaign bringing together a range of cost of living support available from the council, government and local community partners.

This year’s campaign also highlights how we can all play our part during these challenging times by being a good neighbour and looking out for each other, especially those who are vulnerable, unwell or elderly.

New-look webpages and a new support service

Those facing difficult decisions around food, rent, heating or other essentials are encouraged to visit our refreshed ‘Here to Help’ webpages to see what help might be available and also check the free benefits calculator at to see whether they could be missing out on national assistance.

We’re also launching a new service to help maximise the income of residents. If a resident would like to discuss their income with a dedicated officer from our Financial Inclusion Team, they should email and an appointment can be arranged.

Those in need who don’t have online access can still call 01628 683800 or visit the webpages using the public-access computers at all libraries, or speak with a librarian for advice around cost-of-living support and/or getting online.

Helping those most in need – DWP Household Support Fund

Earlier this year, we were given £1.17m in the latest round of the DWP Household Support Fund to help households most in need through to April 2024: those residents in severe financial hardship and at risk of problems escalating. Applications remain open to local adults in financial need.

Thank you to our 15 frontline community partners, who are helping us identify those residents in greatest need to receive a one-off cash payment of £145 and helping them to explore wider cost of living support around food, debt relief, and benefits.

Citizens Advice East Berkshire is the point of contact for residents who would like to put themselves forward for support. They should email in the first instance, or otherwise call 0808 278 7914. Citizens Advice also has a drop-in service at their office in 4 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, Mondays and Wednesdays, 10am to 12pm.

See our website for information about community partners and the FAQs. If someone previously received the Household Support Fund, before 10 July 2023, they may reapply. Applications cannot be made directly to the council.

Some of this money is also being used to provide food vouchers for families in receipt of free school meals during the school holidays, including at Christmas. Families should contact their schools to find out more.

Ways you can support residents

Thank you to everyone who has supported our campaign since it first launched last year.

  • Please continue to direct those in need within your communities to our ‘Here to Help’ webpages – or give them our flyer (printable version attached) summarising the support available
  • If you’re responsible for public-facing buildings, or public noticeboards, please download and display our poster

Please share our campaign posts on social media – #RBWMHereToHelp or #RBWMHowToHelp


For more information please download the RBWM Here to Help Leaflet

Hope Church

Food bank

Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00
Hope Church, High Street, Sunningdale, SL5 7LY (next to Nag’s Head Pub)
Hate food waste? Come along to Hope Church Sunningdale FOOD BANK, open to ANYONE.
Hope Chruch have mainly fresh food and bakery items donated from local supermarkets. The food is at the end of its shelf life (but still perfectly fine to eat!) It would otherwise just go to waste. Bring a bag to fill up, stop for a chat and a cup of tea (and cake!!) and warm up in the church.
ALL welcome, no voucher/referral required.
Hope Church operate a one (standard size) shopping bag per family policy and use ticketing system to stagger entrance to the food bank. Hope Church ask that you enter through the side door.
Tea/coffee/biscuits are available from 11:15 and during the food bank. Entrance tickets will be distributed just before the food bank opens at 12:00. Some items maybe limited so there is enough to share with everyone.

Holy Trinity Church

Food bank

It is a challenging time financially for many people at the moment, so Holy Trinity is extending its Foodbank provision.

Holy Trinity offer a range of essential food, household and toiletry items to anyone in need.

Holy Trinity Food Bank are open on the first Wednesday of the month between 9 and 9.30 a.m. or by arrangement.

No referral is needed, just come along to collect some donated goods.

Hardship  Fund

The Holy Trinity Sunningdale Hardship Fund will enable Holy Trinity Church to provide practical or financial support on a longer term basis both for food and non-food related matters.

The fund will be overseen by the parochial church council and individual requests for help will initially be processed by Roz, the Head of the Pastoral Team and Revd. Terry.

If you need any further information or help, please contact the Church Office: T: 01344 621886 E: or website if you would like more information.

Citizens Advice in Sunningdale

Outreach Service for Sunningdale provided by Citizens Advice East Berkshire in partnership with Sunningdale Parish Council

Every Friday 9am to 3pm at the Parish Office at the Recreation Ground Citizens Advice East Berkshire will be available for face to face meetings providing a confidential outreach service to residents of Sunningdale.

Whoever you are, whatever the issue, this confidential service is being made available to help solve your problems.

Through free, impartial, confidential and independent advice and information, the service will ensure everyone is fully advised on their rights and responsibilities should they need the support.

For Families: we will answer questions on Universal Credit, support with health issues, your rights for school meals and travel, housing and a lot more.

For Individuals: we will answer your questions on debt management, claiming allowances – both means tested and available to all, routes into mental health support and consumer issues to name but a few.

For the Elderly: we will support you and your families to find the right solutions in care, funding, the allowances you are entitled to, how to access disabled support services such as blue badge applications and for your families – help signposting them to the support they need to care for you.

Sunningdale Parish Council team will be supporting the confidential Citizens Advice trained outreach worker booking appointments and will not take part in any advice service.

For more information or to book an appointment on a Friday please call 01344 874268 or email

How to save money on groceries in 2023

There is no doubt that food prices in the last 12 months have risen dramatically. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) food and non-alcoholic beverage prices increased faster in the last year (up to Nov 2022) than they have done since 1977. The exact same shop in November 2022 would have cost you 16.5% more than it did in November 2021.

Please visit the Connecting Communities in Berkshire website for information on ‘how to save money on groceries in 2023’.

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