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With the difficult times we all face in this current cost of living crisis, we understand the effects this is having on many peoples lives. We have selected some websites which may be useful to offer support and guidence for you and your family.


There are many National organisations who may be able to give advice or signpost you to the right service for you:

Citizens Advice

Cost of Living Payments 2023 to 2024 - GOV.UK (

Cost of living tips: Your personal guide to coping with rising prices - BBC News


Support within Hertfordshire:

Citizens Advice Watford (

Cost of living support –

HertsHelp - We're here for you

Home-Start Watford, Three Rivers & Hertsmere | We're there for parents when they need us the most, because childhood can’t wait.

Our Work - Gratitude

Home | Sebby (


Housing Associations:

If you are in a housing association home, they may offer a range of advice and support for their tenants:

Watford Community Housing homepage | Watford Community Housing (

Home - Thrive Homes

Hightown Housing Association | Hightown Housing Association (

Anchor - Later Life is for Living


Money Advice:

Money Advice Trust | Money Advice Trust

Money information guides | Age UK

Home - Stop Loan Sharks

Home - Hertsavers Credit Union

Check if you qualify | Advice Debt

Money (



Are money worries causing you to feel worried, stressed or anxious? It can help to share how we feel with other people who understand. Join today, an anonymous online community of people who can support each other.


Support with energy supply

For support and help with your energy supply it is suggested that you first contact supplier and see what help and support they can offer you.


Available in England and Wales, National Energy Action’s Warm and Safe Homes (WASH) Advice Service is a free support service providing energy bill help to householders in England and Wales on their bills and keeping warm and safe in their home. We can also help with benefits advice and income maximisation.  It also offers advice workshops direct to householders and training to frontline staff.

0800 304 7159 Monday – Friday 9.30am-4pm, or fill in the online self-referral or use webchat Warm and Safe Homes Advice - National Energy Action (NEA)


If you feel further support is needed there are a few links below which may be useful:

Citizens Advice

Help with your energy bills: Getting a discount on your energy bill - GOV.UK (

Help with bills - CCW


Disclaimer: the links provided on our website are from organisations known by us, however we are not responsible for any information or advice they may provide to you. We also would like to remind you of ensuring your safety when using online services.






Support with food

Here at Watford women's Centre we are able to provide Foodbank vouchers, please do drop in and speak to one of team. 


The Trussel Trust have a large number of foodbanks throughout England.

 The Trussell Trust - Stop UK Hunger


One Vision (


Elim Hope Foodbank – Elim Hope Church


There are a number of websites and Apps which can help you make changes to your eating habits, save money and reduce food waste.

Love Food Hate Waste | Food Waste prevention

Join Our Food Waste Movement - Too Good To Go

Food Waste App | Save Money On Food | Kitche App

Food Waste Recipe Ideas - Great British Chefs

30 ReStorecupboard recipes | BBC Good Foodcipes to Use Up Food Scraps (

Community Spaces

Visit one of our Community Spaces this summer, where you can socialise and enjoy activities in a safe, cool area as the days get warmer. You can also book free transport if you need help getting there. Browse the spaces available in your area here:


HAPpy camps

Bookings for this summer’s HAPpy Camps are now open.

HAPpy camps are for children and young people who attend a Hertfordshire school and are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals. Free places can be booked here:


Fifty Thrifty

We’ve put together a list of fifty ‘no cost’ or ‘low cost’ activities in our county, providing a whole world of wonder for you and your children. We understand that we all need to make the most of every penny at the moment and there is support on hand at: