The government introduced the Household Support Fund in October 2021 to support vulnerable households with essentials over winter. This scheme has been extended until 30 September 2022 to help eligible people with rising living costs.
About the fund
We are working in partnership with Citizens Advice to administer the fund.
Applications opened on Monday 6 June.
The support will be provided via supermarket vouchers.
- be of State Pension age
- be resident in the Dorset Council area
- have savings of less than £10,000
Residents can apply online or visit their local Citizens Advice office to complete their application.
Apply for support
If you need assistance completing the form, you may wish to ask a trusted family member or friend to help you.
Visit Citizens Advice
You can visit your local Citizens Advice office to complete your form – please take your most recent bank statements, proof of benefits (if applicable), energy bill (if applicable) and identification with you.
Get digital help
You can also get help to complete your online form by booking an appointment with a Dorset Digital Champion at your local library. Telephone 01305 221048 (Monday to Friday, 10am to midday) to book.
Find the opening times for Digital Champions.
Other support for families and residents
Free school meal holiday vouchers
We will continue to fund Free School Meal (FSM) holiday vouchers for the summer half-term break and the summer holiday 6 week break.
If your children already receive income-related FSM, you don’t need to do anything. Your school will issue the vouchers to you. You can check FSM eligibility and apply for free school meals.
If your child attends an early years setting and is eligible, your early years setting will contact you and ask for your permission to apply on your behalf. Eligibility includes being eligible for 2-year-old early education funding. Your early years setting may also be able to recommend you if you are in significant financial hardship including a drop in household income and/or loss of a job.
Holiday activities and food programme
School age children and young people eligible for income related Free School Meals can take part in fun and enriching activities for free over the school Easter, summer and Christmas holidays through the Holiday Activities and Food programme.
Childcare funding options
For families with children aged 0 to 15, find out which childcare funding options are available to help with the costs of childcare.
Vouchers for pregnant women and families with young children on low income
Run by NHS England, the Healthy Start Scheme provides vouchers for pregnant women and families with a child under 4 years old on low income to buy basic food items. Women and children receiving the vouchers can also get coupons to swap for free Healthy Start vitamins. Read more about the Healthy Start Scheme and download the application form
Get support and advice
Find out about other support on our support for residents page, including:
- mental health and wellbeing
- Citizens Advice Dorset
- local foodbanks and community pantries