Witton Lodge Community Association is helping to deliver a new support project to help Erdington residents who are suffering financial hardship.

Birmingham City Council’s Household Support Fund is now available for any vulnerable families in urgent need of intervention. Households that are struggling financially can apply for a grant of up to £150.

Compass Support is the local lead for Erdington, working in partnership with Witton Lodge, to deliver support where it is needed most. Additional help is provided by Birmingham Voluntary Services Council. A series of information sessions are planned to outline and explain the purpose of the fund, the eligibility criteria and how people can apply.

Wellbeing officers at Witton Lodge will help to complete applications for any vulnerable households or individuals who can be considered for a grant.

Health and Wellbeing Development Manager, Debbie Bates, said: “The winter period can be incredibly difficult for many families and individuals.

“This, added to the impact of Covid-19 and increases in fuel costs, will have resulted in some families and individuals facing severe financial hardship.

“As a result, it is wonderful news that Birmingham City Council has responded by providing the Household Support Fund and that we, alongside Compass Support, are in a position to offer crucial support at a crucial time to members of our community across Erdington.

“The fund will provide a lifeline for those at risk of struggling to keep up with their food, essential items and bills over the winter period.

“In addition to accessing funds we will also be able to offer additional support, give advice and guidance including linking to food banks and connecting families and individuals to additional community resources.

“The new fund will run up to March 2022, and those in need of support should contact us so we can help them access the fund and any other additional support.”

For more information on how you can apply for a grant from the Household Support Fund, please call Debbie/Scott/Fauzia on 0121 827 6295