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We have gathered some information about sources of support for families who may need support with money, food and housing.

Healthy Start Vouchers

If you’re pregnant or have children under the age of 4 you can get free vouchers or payments every 4 weeks to spend on:

  • cow’s milk
  • fresh, frozen or tinned fruit and vegetables
  • infant formula milk
  • fresh, dried, and tinned pulses

You can also get free Healthy Start vitamins.


External Link Icon Healthy Start Website
Visit this website to find out if you are eligible and how to apply for vouchers

Covid Winter Grant

Many families are facing financial hardship due to the impact of the pandemic and many are struggling to put food on the table, stay warm, and buy essentials. Cornwall Council has secured a government grant to provide additional financial and practical help to our families.

The Covid Winter Grant can be used to provide financial help to any households who are facing financial hardship and who would benefit from this support.

The fund is £1.8 million from central government and 80% of the cash will go towards families with children while the remaining money will go to other households struggling because of the pandemic.

Over £650,000 of this funding has already been allocated towards funding Free School Meals provision during the Christmas holiday period and February Half Term.

We need your help to identify those most in need who are facing the greatest financial hardship and who are in need of this financial support.

The conditions of the grant specify that financial help can be given in the following areas:

1. Food

2. Energy and water bills for household purposes (including drinking, washing, cooking, central heating, and sanitary purposes) and sewerage.

3. Other essentials (including sanitary products, warm clothing, soap, blankets, boiler service/repair, purchase of equipment including fridges, freezers, ovens, etc.)

Please consider all your families who are facing financial hardship and who are in need of this financial support.

All grants must be allocated by the end of March. We want as many eligible families as possible to benefit. So, please make can you share the info below now with your families so that they don’t miss out.

To apply for the Covid Winter Grant, please use the contact information below.

· For items relating to home heating such as fuel bills or breakdown in heating equipment such as oil tanks or boiler repair please contact Community Energy Plus by emailing or phoning 0800 954 1956.

· For help with food and other essential household items visit our website here:

External Link Icon Benefits and Financial support
Cornwall Family Information Service Support Pages
External Link Icon Torpoint Library and Community Hub
a source of support not just books. Computers in the library can be used once more.
External Link Icon Cornwall Council's Page to Direct You to the Right Support
Answer some simple tick box questions to identify how the council can help you .
External Link Icon Torpoint Food Bank
External Link Icon Cafe Abundance
this is a link to the facebook page which will tell you when they have food available to collect or for delivery,
External Link Icon Shelter
Housing Advice including rent arrears
External Link Icon Christians Against Poverty
External Link Icon Inclusion Cornwall
Resources section can provide routes to funding for individuals. Resource sheets are useful.

How to contact the Citizen's Advice Bureau for Support around Money and Debt

The Naval Children's Charity

The Naval Children’s Charity offers help to children up to the age of 25, of parents or those in the guardianship of serving or ex-serving members of any part of the Royal Navy including the Reserves and Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

Working closely with the other Naval charities offering financial support we give grants to help in times of need. Families can come to us directly for help either through our website or by emailing or phone 023 9263 9534. They can also go through NS FPS, SSAFA or other agencies who will refer on to us.

A large part of our support falls into our Emergency Essentials Grants scheme. For some children and young people their need is immediate, and we respond quickly and directly. The scheme helps those children where their families are struggling financially, often facing times of crisis such as stresses caused by COVID-19, unemployment or redundancy, illness, bereavement, injury, or disability. Our caseworkers work with families to identify more longer-term issues and challenges and help prevent more serious problems such as debt and relationship issues and help with their stress and anxiety. We can help with funding for therapies, specialist equipment for illness and disability, expenses for hospital visits or separated families.

We also have some books which we send out free of charge to help families and younger children with separation and long absences. Further information about these books can be found on our website. If you would like a copy please email

Benefits Related Free School Meals


If your circumstances have changed and you are now in receipt of benefits, you should apply for Benefits Related Free School Meals . If you are not sure if you might be eligible please look at the documents attached below for further information. In Cornwall Free School Meals are applied for using the following link:


The registration system is usually very quick,

last updated 9th September 2020

File icon: pdf Who is Eligible for Free School Meals - Checklist and Guidance [pdf 60KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf FSM ApplicationForm- June 2020 [pdf 151KB] Click to download
It is usually quicker to apply online via
File icon: pdf Poster for families.pdf [pdf 217KB] Click to download