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Support for families

There are a wide variety of support schemes and organisations in North Yorkshire which may be able to help or advise if you are struggling to pay for essentials.

We have listed some useful links below – this is by no means an exhaustive list. Please also refer to the North Yorkshire County Council website.

Childcare ChoicesChildcare ChoicesHelp paying for your childcare - Find the right offer for you.
Help for HouseholdsHelp for HouseholdsCost of Living Support.The government is offering help for households. See what cost of living support you could be eligible for.
Service ChildrenRAF LeafletRAF - FAQThe WAC (Wraparound Care) scheme financially helps eligible Service families with children aged 4 – 11 years old who are in school or being home schooled in the UK. Families can claim up to 20 hours per week of funding for each child attending before and after school care during term time.
Universal CreditUniversal CreditUniversal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs which you may be able to get it if you’re on a low income, out of work or you cannot work.
Childcare VouchersChildcare Vouchers and Other Employer SchemesThe Childcare Voucher scheme allows working parents the opportunity to sacrifice part of their pre-tax salary to pay for registered childcare.
Free School MealsSynergy – Enquiry ( guideFollow the guide and in just a few simple steps parents can now receive an instant decision on whether their application for Free School Meals has been successful.
Early Years FundingEarly years funding - 3 and 4 year oldsFind out about the universal 15 hours government funding and the additional 15 hours of government funding known as Extended Entitlement funding.
Healthy FamiliesHealthy Families Winter LeafletThe Healthy Families Winter Leaflet covers healthy eating advice over the festive period.
NYCC Community Support OrganisationCost of Living LeafletThis leaflet aims to support families with advice and information during the current cost of living crisis.



  • Increasing numbers of communities have set up community fridges to give people access to food which might otherwise go to waste. These are generally open to anyone to use without any need for a referral. The Hubbub Foundation website lists some community fridges and your local Community Support Organisation may have information about other local free fridges or pantries in the area.
  • In an article called every mouthful matters in our residents newsletter, NY Now, we have provided some tips on avoiding food waste that could also save you money.


  • The North Yorkshire Home Efficiency Fund is offering a range of fully-funded energy- saving home improvements to eligible homeowners in the Scarborough, Ryedale and Hambleton districts. Properties could receive improvements including insulation, solar panels, air source heat pumps and high heat retention electric storage heaters, depending on property suitability. To qualify, residents must have a household income of £30,000 or less, or receive means-tested benefits. Find out how to apply on our home efficiency fund page.
  • If you are a resident living in Selby, Craven or Harrogate and would like to know more about energy saving schemes in your area, the City of York Council is managing the North Yorkshire Local Authority Areas’ energy improvement schemes on behalf of Craven, Selby and Harrogate and may have funding available for certain improvements. For more information contact the City of York Council on 01904 552300 or email [email protected] Further information is available from Better Homes Yorkshire
  • Please check if you are eligible for a Warm Homes Discount of £150 over the winter period. Details are available on the warm homes discount scheme on the government website.
  • Yorkshire Energy Doctor work with households to try and reduce energy costs and to try and ensure that people can afford to live in a warm home. For more information see the Yorkshire Energy Doctor website.
  • There is helpful information on our winter health for older people page including tips for staying warm, more cost efficient and safe ways to heat your home, and details on how to claim winter fuel allowance.


  • Libraries are another source of support with books and resources on personal finances, budgeting and debt.
  • If you are of state pension age, you could be entitled to a pension top up. Many people are missing out on unclaimed pension credits and you may be able to access support, even if you have savings, own your own home or have a private pension. You can find out more on the government’s web page about claiming pension credit.
Support for families