Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme

Financial Support

Crisis loans and grants - Crisis loans and grants provide help to cover unexpected expenses in a crisis or emergency.

Family Fund - Family Fund is the UK's largest charity providing grants for families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. 

Universal Credit - Universal Credit helps make sure you’re getting all the financial support you’re entitled to in one place.

Advice Links Partnership Service (ALPS)  - Free, independent, impartial and confidential advice funded by London Borough of Sutton and the Big Lottery.

Check out the Information and services on financial advice webpage to find out other sources of help.

Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) can provide help to residents who need financial assistance with housing costs.

Check if you are eligible for help towards your childcare costs by visiting Childcare Choices.

For help with the cost of living gov.uk has more support and information.

Food Support

Sutton Food Bank provides three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. If you think you might need help from the service and need to get referred please, read the Get Help section.

NHS Healthy Start vouchers for eligible families. 

The Sutton Foodshop helps families and individuals struggling on low income and finding it difficult to make ends meet. 

Sutton Housing Partnership residents can access the St Helier Community Food Shop. Members of the food shop will receive 12 - 15 items of both fresh and non-perishable goods (worth approximately £15) for the cost of just £3 per week.

Mental Health Support

Sutton Crisis Cafe: If you want a friendly face or just some space, visit the Sutton Crisis Cafe at 63 Downs Road, open 6.30pm to 11pm 7 days a week. Call them on 0800 012 9082 to tell them you want to pop along or visit the Sutton Mental Health Foundation website. The service is intended for people with a mild to moderate mental health crisis who need support out of hours.

Sutton Mental Health Foundation promotes mental wellbeing, resilience and recovery from mental distress.

Kooth provides free, safe and anonymous online emotional health and wellbeing support for young people aged 11 to 25. 

For more information about support available for adults please see the  Mental Health Support for Adults section. And for children and young people, visit the Health and Wellbeing section

Energy Advice

The Energy Efficiency section provides information on saving energy and paying your energy bills

Employment Support

The Skills Toolkit is a great way to add an hour of  free online learning to your week in order to develop new skills in areas such as coding, maths and business and finance.

To find out about some local opportunities which could be available in the area check out the Helping residents back into employment webpages for more information. 

Sutton JobCentre Plus - To apply please visit the government official website. The Job Centre can also be accessed by visiting Sutton Job Centre, Carew House, Railway Approach, Wallington SM6 0DX

Support with parenting

Sutton Council will provide universal parenting support through the Solihull Approach parenting programme

Visit the Children Centre webpage to find out information on various topics such as:

  • Positive parenting, routines, boundaries and managing behaviour,
  • Child development and communication,
  • Getting support at key times such as the birth of a new baby, settling into pre-school and school, and
  • Your own well-being and self-confidence.

The Family Information Service provides free information, advice and guidance on childcare, early education, activities and services for children and young people aged between 0-19 (or 25 if the young person has an additional need) in the London Borough of Sutton.

NHS Start4Life for help and advice during pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

Domestic Abuse Services

If you are experiencing, or know someone that may be experiencing domestic abuse visit the   Domestic Abuse Information page.

Accommodation Support

Read the Guide To Temporary Accommodation which includes tips from other parents living in temporary accommodation.