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Cost of Living: Help for families

Cost of living - Help for families - a graphic showing two families

Childcare costs, healthy start vouchers and the Holiday, Activities and Food Programme

You can find more information on financial support available for families using our interactive form, here.


Home Start West Berkshire

Home Start provide support for families in West Berkshire - find out more on the Home Start Website. They also have a Baby Bank which can be accessed through referral by professionals such as community midwives, health visitors and family support workers.


School uniform

Speak to your child's school

Many schools will have their own second hand uniform service and will be able to advise about help available. Please do check with the school office for information.


TUXchange hold events and can deliver free uniform in Newbury and Thatcham.

You can find out more and access TUXchange on their website, here.

Dr Ellerton's grants

Dr Ellerton's grants provide support with school uniform and other items in Theale and Holybrook.

You can find out more and access Dr Ellerton's grants on their website, here.


Books, computer access and activities

As well as loaning out books for free, you can also access audiobooks, e-books, newspapers and use computers in your local library. They often also run activities for all ages.

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