Cost Of Living

Cost of Living Crisis Suppport Map by VAS

The map details support offered by street level groups such as community hubs and welcoming places. The map is live, and a work in progress; it points to where you can go to get information or support; or to offer to volunteer.

Sheffield Cost of Living Crisis Support Map – Voluntary Action Sheffield (

Sheffield City Council

Everyone is affected by the cost-of-living crisis in some shape or form.  Here you can find out the local and national support available to help you manage the cost of living in Sheffield.

Cost of living | Sheffield City Council

Cost of living support | Sheffield City Council

Frontline worker toolkit – information available to workers/volunteers in any organisation, regularly updated:

Cost of living support | Sheffield City Council

Apply For Free School Meals

Check if your child can get free school meals in England and find out how to apply on your local authority’s website.

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
• Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
• Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
• Younger than the compulsory age for starting school
• In full-time education

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022.

Money Support Service

Sheffield Money Support Guide  was built to help local people easily find accurate information about money support services in our city. It’s designed to help Sheffield folk navigate the services and support available across the city for those who find themselves short of cash for essentials, victims of the “financial cliff edge”, or suddenly in need of help with money.

Find out more at

Tax Free Child Care

Families may be eligible for tax free childcare or the childcare costs element of Universal Credit.

Through this families may be able to claim back up to 85% of their childcare costs if they are attending and paying for extra childcare at Ofsted registered settings.

Find out more at

Useful Numbers At Christmas

Sheffield City Council Housing repairs – 0114 273 5555

Shelter Emergency Helpline – 0808 800 444

National Energy Action – 0800 304 7159
Sheffield City Council – 0114 273 5555

Samaritans – 116 123
Rethink – 0808 801 0440
Sheffield NHS Urgent Helpline – 0808 196 8281
Sheffield Mind – 0114 258 4489
If you are in a mental health crisis and your life is at risk, contact 999. You can also call NHS 111.

Sheffield City Council and covid community helpline – 0114 273 4567
• can help you if you have no one else to support you or if you are self-isolating
• can do shopping, medication collection, social contact or urgent support

Age UK advice line – 0800 678 1602
Silverline helpline for people 55 and over – 0800 470 80 90
IDAS Domestic Abuse Support – 0808 808 2241
Sheffield Mind Listening Line – 0114 312 2209
Sheffield Safeguarding Hub – 0114 273 4855

Eat Smart

Eat Smart Sheffield focusses on encouraging and supporting pupils, their families and the wider community to adopt healthier eating behaviours.
The programme works with all primary and secondary schools, as well as some additional settings including specialist schools and universities, and has two main aims:
1. To give schools the tools they need to make long term changes to their food culture and their curriculum to support healthy behaviours
2. To give pupils and their families the confidence, skills and knowledge they need to cook, grow and enjoy good quality affordable food, as well as increasing understanding of food sources and sustainability

Preloved Uniforms

At free Preloved School Uniforms for Children in South Sheffield & surrounding areas we offer a free clothing bank specialising in kids school uniform for ages 4 – 18 in South Sheffield and North Derbyshire areas. If you are a low income family simply contact us to check the availability of clothes for the correct age and gender. See below for our next drop in, or to use the service please contact us. We are happy to do home deliveries.

Find us at

Free Activities   Eat Well, Have Fun!  

Free Activities   Eat Well, Have Fun!  

Free Activities   Eat Well, Have Fun!  

Free Activities   Eat Well, Have Fun!  

Free Activities   Eat Well, Have Fun!  

Sheffield Healthy Holidays is all about trying activities and eating food that does us good. Below is information on the organisations who support the programme.

VAS is at the heart of voluntary and community action in Sheffield.

We strive to tackle inequality; increase democratic engagement and influence change to city systems and structures to better meet people’s needs. We are ambitious and optimistic – we love Sheffield and want it to be a great city for all its people and communities. We provide a wide range of support and services to community and voluntary organisations in the city, helping those starting up, as well as established organisations. In addition to support for groups, some of our services are directed at individuals, particularly our support for volunteers and people who use health and social care services in the city.

Sheffield Healthy Holidays Partners

Create Sheffield

Create Sheffield are Sheffield’s Cultural Education Partnership. They are a charitable company set up to take the young people of Sheffield on a journey into the arts, culture and heritage sectors. From creative learning opportunities to fun things to do – they’re here to benefit the lives of all those aged 0-24. Create Sheffield is supported by IVE, the Arts Council England Bridge Organisations for Yorkshire and the Humber. For more information contact, visit our website or sign up to our newsletter.


Zest is an award-winning community enterprise delivering high quality and responsive services to local people. They are passionate community enablers, working to tackle local inequalities and improve community wellbeing. Zest manages a flagship community building, delivering responsive and integrated community, leisure, health and work support services to adults and children from Sheffield.
Zest Centre, 18 Upperthorpe, Sheffield, S6 3NA
0114 270 2040


SOAR is a community regeneration charity that provides a range of services designed to improve a person’s health, well-being and employability. Their mission is to enable and support local people through partnership working to improve the quality of life for North Sheffield residents.

SOAR Works, 14 Knutton Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S5 9NU
0114 213 4065


Manor & Castle Development Trust has spent over 20 years working with communities to take control of their own destiny and develop solutions to challenges. Alongside local people, MCDT addresses issues that matter to the community, offering a range of services and activities including training and development, help to find work, health activities, support for families, activities for older people, children and young people, and volunteering opportunities.
1st Floor Park Library, Duke Street, Sheffield, S2 5QP
0114 278 9999

Heeley City Farm

Heeley City Farm is a lively community hub with activities delivered all year round. Alongside volunteers, the farm grows many tonnes of fresh produce from their gardens and allotments, promoting healthy eating and low-carbon lifestyles. Young people help care for the animals at the farm through a vocational education programme.
Heeley City Farm, Richards Road, Sheffield, S2 3DT.
0114 258 0482


Sharrow Community Forum (SCF) was founded 20 years ago by local people who wanted to have a voice and to shape what was happening in their area. Today, SCF plays a pivotal role in Sharrow, enabling community connectivity and cohesion through a range of complimentary services, volunteering, partnerships and community development work.
Sharrow Community Forum, Old Junior School, South View Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S7 1DB
0114 250 8384


Based in Sharrow, ShipShape tackles health inequalities and empowers people to achieve their goals. They work with partner organisations and community members to run free/low-cost group activities and one-to-one development sessions. Their work covers a wide range of social issues and community backgrounds.
Shipshape Health and Wellbeing Centre, The Stables, Sharrow Lane, Sheffied S11 8AE
0114 250 0222

Darnall Wellbeing

Darnall Well Being is a local, not-for-profit, community health organisation working to help the people of Darnall, Tinsley and neighbouring areas stay healthy.
Darnall Primary Care Centre, 290 Main Road, Darnall, Sheffield S9 4QH
0114 2496315

Move More

Move More is a Sheffield-wide strategy that is being delivered by partners across the city. Move More wants Sheffield to become the most active City in the UK. And as a result see meaningful improvement in the health, wellbeing and quality of life of everybody living in the city.

Yorkshire Sport

Yorkshire Sport Foundation is a Lottery funded charity, supporting organisations across the nine districts of South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire. We believe in the power of sport and physical activity to change people’s lives.  Our vision is to create a vibrant, healthy and prosperous Yorkshire through sport, supporting the work of local, regional and national organisations.

Arches School Sports Partnership

The Arches School Sport Partnership work alongside Primary and Secondary Schools to ensure that all children receive high quality Physical Education. The Arches School Sport Partnership believe that participation in high quality PE and Sport is valuable in its own right because of the specific educational outcomes and the personal, social and health benefits.

Move More schools

Move More Schools wants the pupils of Sheffield to be the most active kids in the UK in order to reap the rewards an active lifestyle brings about.