The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have received £1.18 million in Government funding to help residents navigate these difficult times. A range of local provisions are in place to help you and your families, which you can find below.
Discretionary Housing Payment can help if you are struggling to pay your rent. You must live in Kensington and Chelsea to apply for it. To get a discretionary payment towards your rent you must either:
- be entitled to some Housing Benefit from RBKC or
- be getting Universal Credit that includes something towards your housing costs.
The Council will look at each case on its merits to decide if you need extra support.
You can find out more and apply here: https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/benefits/benefits-provided-council/discretionary-housing-payments
Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF)
The Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) is a Department for Education (DfE) initiative that provides free activities and food provision for children aged 4 to 16 eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) during the Easter, Summer and Christmas Holidays.
I want children and young people to have a choice of activities to access new experiences and opportunities. Previously, through this programme, children and young people have been able to experience arts and cultural events in the borough and participate in fun physical activities and outdoor play such as horse riding, zip lining, acrobatics, and canoeing.
The programme also offers activities that develop self-confidence, resilience, social skills and improve mental health for all children and young people who attend. Alongside these activities, nutritious meals are available for attendees each day.
More information can be found here: https://ourcity.org.uk/haf-programme