At Carers Manchester Contact Point we have benefits Advice Worker who can support you with a benefits check to make sure you are getting everything you are entitled to.  You can contact us to register and request an appointment.

We also run a monthly Welfare and Benefits workshop that will take you through what benefits you and your family are entitled to and is an opportunity to have any of your queries answered.  You can book onto this through our events page.

Check you benefit entitlement online by visiting Entitled To and using their online benefits checker.

Non means tested benefits (benefits that are not based on income)

Means tested benefits (based on income, savings and capital)

Energy Advice

The Energy Advice Team are part of Citizens Advice Manchester and can support you with managing your energy costs, deal with fuel debt, supporting with accessing grants for essential household items and energy saving adaptations and support with budgeting.

They can also support you to apply for the Warm Home Discount and advise you if your eligible for a Winter Fuel Payment.

Debt Advice

Citizens Advice Manchester has a debt advice team that can help you to manage your debts whether they are a small debt or several larger debts.

They can support with assessing your financial situation, help you court claims and help you deal with emergency situations such as baliffs or threat of eviction. You can contact Manchester Citizen’s Advice on 0808 278 7800.

For more information on other debt advice charities and helplines visit Manchester City Council debt advice page.

Food Banks

If you are struggling to afford food there are several food banks located throughout Manchester.  For more details on how to access a food bank voucher and where they are located visit Manchester City Council’s support page.

Grants 

  • Carers Personal Budget – you can have a Carers Assessment through Manchester City Council and as part of this they will assess whether you are eligible for a Carers Personal Budget.
  • The Family Fund provides grants to families who have a child or young person with a disability or serious illness.
  • Mustard Tree can help with food, furniture and clothes. For example, £2.50 you can purchase up to 10 items, including vegetables, fridge items, meat and fish. Applications are made via referrals.
  • Mynshull’s Educational Grant is available to children and young adults up to the age of 25 from a disadvantaged background to purchase books, equipment and uniforms to enable them to continue their education or apprenticeship
  • Relief in Need supports children and young adults in Manchester under the age of 25. Applications can be made by health and social care workers on behalf of the family, or workers from registered charities or volunatary organisations
  • Wood Street Mission supports families living on low incomes in Manchester and Salford including help with  school uniforms, toys, bedding, toiletries and more.
  • Welfare Provision – Manchester City Council grants and support if you are in financial crisis or have an emergency out of your control. They can also support with basic items of furniture.
  • MacMillan Grants – one-off means tested payments to help with the extra costs that living with cancer can bring.
  • Turn 2 Us is where you can search for grant to suit your needs.

Contact us for more information on grants and financial support for your specific circumstances.

Discounts for Carers

  • Mobilise Discounts for Carers – a list of discounts available to carers including free entry to cinema, discounts at attractions and reduced transport costs when travelling with a disabled person.
  • Vectus Discount Card – For Parent and carers of a disabled child or young person which gives you discounts to top brands and stores.
Click here for more information on energy grants and benefits from Citizens Advice
Click here for more information on benefits and finance from Carers UK

See our benefits updates during the coronavirus crisis in our news section here.

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