Useful links during the coronavirus crisis for benefits, grants, help with paying bills, paying rent, mortgages and more…

We’ve compiled some useful links to the many organisations that can help with finances, jobs, paying bills and more support during the coronavirus crisis.


Regularly updated coronavirus information from Citizens Advice:

 

Check what benefits you can get.

If you need help paying bills.

If you’re struggling with living costs.

If your employer tells you not to work.

If your partner makes you feel threatened/frightened.


Paying your utility bills

 

The Money Advice Service – Advice for those struggling to pay your gas or electricity bills

Npower – If you are an Npower customer and are struggling with your utility bills

EDF Energy – If you are an EDF Energy customer and struggling to pay your bills

British Gas Energy Trust – Help with your energy bills regardless of who your supplier is

Affinity Water – Help with your Affinity Water bill 

The Comparethemarket.com website suggests these 21 useful tips and advice to save on energy bills during coronavirus.

Paying your rent or mortgage

The Money Advice Service – Help available to those with mortgages or paying rent

Help for the self employed

The Money Advice Service – Your rights if you are self employed

Benefits

Gov.uk – Claiming benefits if you find yourself out of work

General links to sources of funding

Turn2UsThe Turn2Us website has a grants search facility alongside it’s benefits calculator

Disability Grants – Grants for disabled people

Glasspool – Grants to ease hardship

Moneysavingexpert- Grants for low income families

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Our full team are now all working at home providing our many services by phone and online via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, mobile text, email and you can also chat to us live on this website:

WhatsApp: 07871 744157
Phone: 01582 470 900
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We’ll help support you with lots of practical information. For specific advice about benefits, benefits appeals and equipment we can arrange dedicated telephone appointments.

Our website provides up-to-date web links to relevant and trustworthy websites, both locally and nationwide. You can chat to us on our website or at our popular Facebook page.

We are asked a wide variety of questions about the current situation and always take the time to help on related topics.

There are often no set answers for most of these questions, as the situation changes daily, so we are always busy researching the most up to date and reliable information.

In the coming days and weeks we’re starting to provide many training courses online including 1-2-1 learning support by phone and email.

We are here with a listening ear too, offering emotional support helping as many disabled people and carers as possible to stay connected.

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Our team members are all working at home and available to help you, so please contact us.

Phone: 01582 470 900

Email: info@drcbeds.org.uk

WhatsApp: 07871 744157

Text us: 07871 744157

Talk to us via Facebook Messenger

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Simply click the pink ‘Chat with us’ button below, open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

 

It’s Carers Week 

We’re fully supporting this year’s theme of “Make Caring Visible and Valued”, with events throughout the week. 

Go to the Carers Central website

 

Live webinars to learn more about our free Support into Employment programme

Over the next few months, we will be hosting live online webinars to promote our free Support into Employment programme. Each webinar will provide you with an introduction to The Disability Resource Centre and what you can expect should you join the programme.

 
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Final dates of our wellbeing course for Luton residents

The dates for our final Wellbeing Matters course are available and you can book your space today. We have helped many people improve their overall wellbeing during the pandemic across Luton and Bedfordshire. 

 
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We are here to help while you’re looking for a job

Choose from 5 free employment support programmes from our award-winning team…

See our new page for details

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