Winter Support Scheme

The Parish Council is pleased to draw attention to BCP’s important Winter support scheme to help vulnerable residents across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

The winter support scheme follows a recent allocation of over £1million to BCP council from the government’s COVID Winter Grant Scheme to ensure vulnerable residents are able to access the support they need to address food and energy insecurity over the winter period.


A huge community support effort is underway to help the most vulnerable families and households who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic this year.

Local residents who are struggling to afford food and keep warm over the winter months are urged to reach out for support from BCP Council and its partners, who are co-ordinating efforts to ensure people can access the support they need over the winter period.

Support includes:

  • Free school meal supermarket vouchers for eligible families with school aged children to support them during the holiday periods – delivered through schools
  • Increased support for community and voluntary organisations providing food support in local communities
  • Support for residents in financial hardship with affording utility bills and keeping warm this winter through Citizens Advice BCP
  • Support to access food for vulnerable households delivered through the Family Information Service and the Together We Can helpline.

If you are looking for support visit: or alternatively call:

For signposting and advice about accessing food:

  • Households with children, call BCP Council Family Information Service: 01202 261999
  • Households without children, call Together We Can helpline: 0300 1237052

For signposting and advice about winter warmth:

If you wish to help your local community by donating food and other items or volunteering, visit:

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