Resources for: Money
Here you will find supports and services that can offer help with benefits, money and debt issues.
Aberlour Children's Urgent Assistance Fund
Aberlour provides cash grants to families experiencing extreme hardship. Its grants can be used for food, utilities, clothing, bedding, new appliances, appliance repairs or other essentials. To qualify for a grant, families must include a child under the age of 21 who is suffering extreme hardship. Referrals are made via the application form on Aberlour’s website. They must be submitted by a sponsor such as a social worker or health visitor.
Phone: 0800 0856 150
Breathing Space is a free, confidential phoneline for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 who is feeling low, anxious or depressed.
Helpline number: 0800 83 85 87
Amina: The Muslim Women's Resource Centre
Amina MWRC offers a range of programmes to support, empower and improve the lives of Muslim and BME women living in Scotland. It provides a helpline and webchat for confidential support and advice, telephone befriending, employability support, financial advice and advocacy, and a preventative programme to challenge misogyny and violence against women in the Muslim and BME communities.
Helpline number: 0808 801 0301
Phone: 0141 212 8420
Baby Box (Parent Club website)
The Baby Box helps families prepare for the arrival of their baby. With a free box packed full of clothes, bedding and lots of other useful things to help give your baby the best possible start in life. The Box also provides a safe and comfy place for your wee one to sleep. It comes complete with a mattress and bedding that fits perfectly.
Benefits and Grants
Information from the Scottish Government on benefits, funds and grants including Child Benefit and tax credits.
Buttle UK: Chances for Children
Buttle pay for things for children and young people whose parent or carers cannot otherwise afford. Applications are strictly for children who have experienced a recent crisis that had a significant and lasting impact on their social wellbeing, emotional wellbeing and educational engagement. All three areas of the child’s life must have been impacted. The family must also be engaging with supports and actively moving on from their crisis.
Phone: 020 7828 7311
Campaign Against Living Miserably
CALM has a website, helpline 5pm -midnight and webchat open 365 days a year, offering practical suggestions for all of life's problems - whether that's anxiety, relationship concerns, health worries, money worries or suicidal thoughts.
Helpline number: 0800 58 58 58
Children in Need Emergency Essentials
BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances. The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to a child’s wellbeing. All applications must be made by a registered referrer.
Citizen's Advice Scotland
Free, impartial and confidential advice, delivered by trained advisers across Scotland. Working for a fairer Scotland where people are empowered and their rights respected.
Helpline number: 0800 028 1456
Phone: 0800 484 0136
Citizens' Advice Bureau West Dunbartonshire
West Dunbartonshire CAB offers general advice and assistance to local residents across a wide range of subjects .
Phone: 0800 484 0136
Family Holiday Charity
The Family Holiday Charity helps families get time away together, often for the first time ever.
Glasspool provides timely, small, one-off grants to individuals, couples and families for everyday items to help them cope when things get tough, equip them to manage better day-to-day and enable them to build a stronger future. Applications are invited via the website from support agencies on behalf of the people they support.
Home from Home
Home from Home can help with furniture, white goods, electrical items, crockery, cutlery, bedding, towels etc if you are on: Income support, Jobseeker’s allowance, Pension credits, or Disability Living allowance
Phone: 01389 733733
SHOUT Crisis text service
Shout is the UK's first and only free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.
Helpline number: 85258 free text support service
The Mix is a UK based charity that provides free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile.
Phone: 0808 808 4994
Turn2Us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help - online, by phone, or face to face through our partner organisations.
Empowering people affected by crime. Includes information on Emergency Assistance Fund, available to any victim of crime who is in urgent need of financial help as a direct result of a specific crime and has no means of accessing funding from any other source.
Helpline number: 0800 160 1985
WD Strategic Skills & Support Pipeline
The Strategic Skills Pipeline is a key element in West Dunbartonshire's employability and employment strategy. The Pipeline provides a route map identifying national and local service provision that is available to support residents into employment through a staged process, at the core of which, is the identification of individual need.
WD - Period Positive
Free period products are available to anyone that needs them across West Dunbartonshire in community venues including health centres, libraries, community centres and leisure centres. Simply drop in and pick up what you need. Don’t worry, we won’t ask any awkward questions.
Community Foodshare, Baby Bank and Fuel Bank
A registered charity in West Dunbartonshire supporting those affected by poverty and food insecurity. We can help with school uniforms, school holiday meals, baby food, baby clothes and equipment, and fuel vouchers.
Phone: 0800 345 7050
WDC Benefits and Grants
Advice and information on benefits and grants managed by the council and central government including: Universal Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction Benefits, Home repair assistance grant, Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods, Scottish Child Payment and cost of living advice
Phone: 01389 738555
WDC Working 4U
West Dunbartonshire Council Working4U service was established to improve the quality of lives of West Dunbartonshire residents by assisting them to overcome barriers to social and economic inclusion. Working 4U help people to access a wide range of employment, training and learning opportunities designed to help them overcome barriers, develop their skills and assist them in their journey towards work
Phone: 01389 738296
WD School and Educational Grants
Information on school and educational grants available within West Dunbartonshire.
WD Schools and Learning
Local schools' contact details, information on term dates, extra-curricular activities, how to apply for childcare and more.
Young Carers Package (Young Scot)
Information on how to apply for the Young Carers Package, Carer’s Allowance and the Young Carer Grant.
Young Persons' Free Bus Travel Scheme
Free travel on any bus in any part of Scotland on registered bus services. You can travel on buses outside the area you live in using your card. How you apply depends on where you live and the age of the young person.
Child Poverty Action Group
Child Poverty Action Group works on behalf of the more than one in four children in the UK growing up in poverty. They work to understand what causes poverty, the impact it has on children's lives, and how it can be prevented and solved for good.
Cost of Living Campaign
Scottish Government website on the supports available to help with the cost of living
Dumbarton Credit Union
Dumbarton Credit Union is a savings and loans co-operative owned and managed by its members all of whom live or work in 'G' postcode area. Save with the credit union first and then borrow from a local alternative to banks and money lenders.
Phone: 01389 768585
Independent Living Fund
Provides funding and support to help people in Scotland with a disability live independently.
Phone: 0300 200 2022
Salvation Army Clydebank
Providing practical help for people in need, defending those who are vulnerable and abused, and fighting against injustice, the services provide are diverse, reflecting the needs of the communities served.
Phone: 0141 941 1353
The Scottish Refugee Council
A charity dedicated to supporting people in need of refugee protection.
Helpline number: 0808 1967 274
Food for Thought
Food for Thought provide emergency food aid parcels to anyone who requires it via drop in sessions with no referral needed.
Phone: 01389 743908 daily 10am - 5pm
Old Kilpatrick Food Parcels
Old Kilpatrick Food Parcels (OKFP) help any resident of Old Kilpatrick, Bowling & Dalmuir, without the need for a referral.
Phone: 07368 496836
A local service where you pay £2.50 for up to 10 items from fresh, frozen, tins and toiletries. Free drop in cafe, which is open Wednesday & Friday based in Concord Centre, Dumbarton.
Faifley Food Share
Faifley Food Share provide emergency food parcels on Tuesday and Friday’s in Faifley Parish Church Hall between 10am and 11am for Faifley residents and between 11am and 12pm for those from other areas. No referral is needed.
WD for Families Hubs
Our local family wellbeing hubs aim to provide bespoke support for parents and carers in community settings.
We have the Neurodevelopmental Team supporting families. They deliver group and individual work with carers, children and young people who are currently waiting on a neurodevelopmental assessment or have recently received a diagnosis.
The WD for Families Hubs have 6 skilled outreach workers who can support access to appropriate supports at the right time for families in their local communities. The Hub Outreach workers will be delivering group and individual work with parents /carers, children and young people on a range of themes including: sleep, toileting, behaviour supports as well as stress and anxiety. For dates, times and locations please scan the QR code or visit our site for more information.
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Social Security Scotland
Social Security Scotland is responsible for managing the benefits that are devolved to Scotland, to make sure the people who need them get them correctly and fairly.
You will find information on the benefits they are delivering and how to find out more about eligibility.
Phone: 0800 182 2222
Working Families is the UK’s national charity for working parents and carers. Their mission is to remove the barriers that people with caring responsibilities face in the workplace.
Helpline number: 0300 012 0312