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Financial support / food provision

Christians Against Poverty 

Citizens' Advice Bureau  
Can assist with food vouchers; clients are also assessed to see if they need help in any other areas (benefits, debt, etc.)  

T: 01462 689801  

Free School Meals Information

Healthy Hub   
T: 01462 474111  

Herts Help  
T: 0300 123 4044  
8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday and 10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday  

Hitchin Partnership 
T: 07817 715023 

Money Advice Service Information  

Trussell Trust Foodbank  
Clients must be able to show a Foodbank voucher or email from one of these referral agents: CAB, Settle, Howard Cottage, GP surgeries, schools, mental health support teams, churches

T: 07825 300437  
Open 10am - 12pm, Tuesdays and Fridays  

Universal Credit Information  

Parental support

Confidential and free helpline service for families, offering emotional support, information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life. 
T: 0808 800 2222 
Open 9am – 9pm, Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm, Saturday and Sunday.
The lines do get very busy - if you are unable to get through, you may want to email for support, advice and information: They aim to respond within 24 hours, Monday to Friday.  

Websites with online chat/counselling for mental health concerns

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