Cost of Living Help
Wokingham Borough Council have pulled information, help and support into one place on our cost of living help hub to make it easier to find what you need.
COST OF LIVING HELP HUB
I’m not struggling but want to help others
Thousands of families across the area are making a desperate choice this winter between buying enough food for the whole house or keeping their home warm.
Donating to this crowdfund will help local organisations support them.
We’ve teamed up with Wokingham United Charities and Berkshire Community Foundation to provide an extra £2 for every £1 donated by the public, up to £50,000.
As the cost of living crisis continues through this winter, the borough’s groups need more people to help out.
Sign up to volunteer through the Wokingham Volunteer Centre, to look at roles working with the borough's community, voluntary and charitable groups.
To find out more on volunteering opportunities you can attend the Wokingham Borough Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Saturday 28 January at Wokingham Town Hall (RG40 1AS), open from 10am to 1pm.
Household Support Fund
This can be used for paying for food or energy bills.
Help with council tax
Check if you’re eligible for Council Tax discounts, reductions or exemptions.
Wokingham Borough Council's Local Welfare Provision is a scheme run by to help people who are in a crisis or emergency situation. Apply to prevent a crisis or emergency from getting worse.
Citizens Advice help and support
Anyone who lives in the borough can get money, debt and budgeting advice from the team at Citizens Advice Wokingham. They’ve also got free online tools to help if you’d prefer to look in your own time:
• Use the calculator to see how to maximise your income
• Use the budgeting tool to plan your spending
One Front Door is there to help residents if they need support. You can call 0808 278 7958, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm or contact them online.
Contact One Front Door
Other help and advice
- Money Saving Expert
- Money Advice Service, call 0800 138 7777 8am to 6pm
- National Debtline, call 0808 808 4000 9am to 8pm
- StepChange Debt Charity, call 0800 138 1111, 9am to 5pm
- Free school meals
- Pension credit, call 0800 99 1234
- Childcare costs help
- Stop Loan Sharks, call 0300 555 2222
Warm spaces are open across the borough to support the community, Find out where you can go near you to see a friendly face, have a chat and get a warm drink.
View the map on our warm spaces pages, as well as opening days, times and activities on offer.
Food and other essentials
Local groups can help you with food, warm clothes or accessing essentials items like a cooker if yours breaks and you can’t afford a new one.
You can also try the OLIO app, which connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away.
- Wokingham Foodbank– providing support to people across Wokingham borough and beyond
- Woodley Foodbank– open to all in and around Woodley daily
- Crowthorne Foodbank– open to all in and around Crowthorne, including Wokingham Without and Finchampstead
Warmer winter project
The warmer winter project can get you energy efficient items for free through our partners SHARE Wokingham, First Days Children’s Charity and our Hardship Alliance partners.
There is a supply of slow cookers, air fryers, heated clothes dryers and more (subject to availability) at no cost. These will help bring energy bills down.
Help with energy costs
Warm home discount scheme
You could get £150 off your electricity bill. To find out if you're eligible, click the button below.
Home energy saving tool
The online home energy saving tool to find ways to save on energy such as through home insulation or boiler upgrades.
Sustainable Warmth Grant
Paying for improvements to properties if you have a lower income and an energy inefficient home.
Help to heat
See if you can get help making your home warmer with Help to Heat, heavily subsidised home improvements to reduce your energy bills. Includes improvements like cavity wall or loft insulation. Click the button below.
Energy Bills Support Scheme – Alternative Funding
This Government scheme is due to open in the next few weeks. Applications will be through the Government, not the council.
The scheme means that households who didn’t receive the original energy bills support, such as those without a direct relationship to an electricity supplier, can receive a £400 support payment.
This might include people who live in care homes or park homes, residents of caravans and houseboats, as well as some private housing tenants. Check the link above for updates on this scheme if it applies to you.