Being in debt or having money worries can be overwhelming, and can affect your emotional, physical and mental health.
Whether you need access to benefits, debt advice, employment support or information on how to manage your money effectively, it’s important to remember that there is always help available for you.
- The Healthy Surrey website has information on services that are there to provide support with debt problems or money advice, and these are open to anyone living in Surrey
- The Connect to Support Hampshire website gives details of organisations that can help you if you live in Hampshire
- You might also find it helpful to read this guide to mental health and debt produced by MoneySavingExpert.com in partnership with mental health charities
You can also contact the Samaritans for support in a crisis on 116 123.
NHS Financial hardship support
- Cavell Nurses Trust - A charity that supports UK nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants both working and retired when experiencing financial hardship due to illness, disability, older age and domestic violence. They provide support via one-off grants to relieve financial hardship.
- UNISON - One-off grant of £250 to help with essential expenses such as food, bills, general living costs, household appliances, urgent repairs, disability equipment, utility bills and funeral costs. To be eligible you have to be a member of UNISON for at least four weeks and up to date with subscriptions.
- The Care Workers’ Charity - The charity offers two grants: Crisis grants can be acquired throughout the year and are exclusive to health care works. COVID-19 Emergency Fund covers self-isolation, funeral costs and or other unexpected costs. This extends to cooks/kitchen assistants, housekeepers, maintenance staff, drivers and admin staff, team leaders/supervisors and personal assistants.
- Social workers benevolent fund (SWBT) - The small charity offers a one off, limited financial help to social workers – including retired social workers – and their dependents in times of hardship, for example when experiencing sickness, bereavement, family difficulties or sudden catastrophe.
- Turn2us - Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through partner organisations.
- The Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC) - TASC is the leading UK charity providing support to all present and past ambulance staff and their families in time of need, both in the NHS and independent sector.