Support available to families

Food

Please note, we are no longer receiving funding for holiday meal vouchers.

Food Vouchers

Households in receipt of council tax benefit can claim one food voucher worth £30 from their district or borough council.
Information about how to access this voucher can be found here:
Support for families and children | Children and Families | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

Community Pantries

Pantries are open to everyone in the community and provide access to food at a lower cost. They offer a range of fresh, frozen and general foods, which change each week. Access to the Community Pantry is by membership and, for a small weekly contribution, members can select food to a significantly higher value.

Many of these pantries have cafes and meeting spaces and offer other forms of support. They can put you in touch with organisations that can help with utility bills, health, employment, and education.
Details of local pantries can be found here:
Community pantries – Hampshire | Children and Families | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

The community pantry closest to Swanmore College is the Wickham Pantry. Wickham Community Pantry is at:
Wickham Community Centre
Mill Lane
Wickham
PO17 5AL

Food bank

Meon Valley Food Bank is church led and community focused, offering help to families who are at crisis point and need support through the provision of food. It is based in Wickham and serves towns and villages in the Meon Valley, including Bishops Waltham, Swanmore, Waltham Chase, Droxford, West Meon, Wickham, Whiteley and Knowle, together with other villages in the surrounding area.

You must be referred to the Meon Valley Food Bank to be able to use it. You can find a list of Referral Agents here. We are a Referral Agent; if you would like to enquire about a possible referral, please email [email protected]

Apps

Too Good To Go

Created to fight food waste, this app allows you to “rescue magic bags of surplus, unsold food from your favourite shops and restaurants”!

Every day, delicious, fresh food goes to waste at cafes, restaurants, hotels, shops and manufacturers – just because it hasn’t sold in time. The Too Good To Go app lets you buy and collect this food – at a great price – so it gets eaten instead of wasted. You won’t know exactly what’s in your order until you pick it up – it’s all part of the surprise. Find out more here.

Download the app to get started: iOS App Store | Android – Google Play

OLIO

Another app designed to reduce waste. OLIO connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. OLIO can also be used for non-food household items too. Find out more here.

Download the app to get started: iOS App Store | Android – Google Play

Support for energy and water costs

Households struggling to meet the cost of their utility bills for water, gas or electricity can contact their local Citizens Advice.
Details of local Citizens Advice offices can be found here: Local CA offices | citahants.org

Emergency housing support

This is available from district and borough councils. This does not include ongoing support for rent or mortgage payments. Details of how to access emergency housing support can be found here:

Support for housing costs – Hampshire | Children and Families | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

Swanmore College Discretionary Fund

From 27 June 2022, a small Discretionary Fund is available to help pupils and their families who find themselves in urgent or immediate need with the following:

  • Sanitary and hygiene products, including soap, toothpaste, etc.
  • Warm clothing
  • Bedding
  • Boiler service or repair
  • Whitegoods or appliances linked to the storage or cooking of food, including fridges, freezers, ovens, etc.
  • Other bills including broadband and phone (but not energy or water)
  • Essential travel related costs including car repair, buying a bicycle or paying for fuel for a vehicle

Please note, we are not able to use this fund to help with food, energy or water.

If you would like to apply for this fund, please click here.

Free Sanitary Products

There are a variety of free sanitary products available for all pupils. You are welcome to come and get whatever you need during break times from the following locations:

  • Welfare Office
  • Pupil Reception
  • Mrs Deller (R Block)
  • The Year Team office
  • The Pupil Centre
  • Mrs Benton and Mrs Grist (S1HB, S Block)

Free School Meals

Free school meals are available to eligible pupils. To check your eligibility, please click here:
Free school meals for pupils up to 16 years old | Free school meals | Education and learning | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

If you would like to apply for new or check your eligibility for continued free school meals on the HC3S online system, please click on the link below:
https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/hants

You will need to enter your name, address, national insurance number or asylum support service number. In addition, you will need to provide your child’s name, date of birth and identify the school they are attending.

For more information about Pupil Premium at Swanmore College, please click here.