The Vale has launched a new grant scheme to help residents affected by the pandemic to buy food and keep their homes warm this winter. The Vale has been given £73,430 and this funding must be spent by 31 March 2021. Citizens Advice South and Vale and Wantage Independent Advice Centre will now distribute this funding out on behalf of the District Council.
The advice centres can support people with supermarket vouchers for food and fuel vouchers to top up prepayment meters or with paying a heating bill. This will be alongside their usual package of advice and support around budget management, debt and benefit advice and any other assistance the resident may need signposting towards.
If you have received a food voucher from a previous scheme, or indeed support via free meals or any other route, you can still apply for a Winter Support Grant.
Anyone in need of support should contact their local advice centre. Those in immediate and urgent need should, as always, contact the Community Hub on 01235 422600. You can also contact your nearest Botley Responder street rep for help and support.