Financial Advice and Support
Cooperative Education East Trust are dedicated to each and every family across our three schools and understand the hardships some families will be and are facing due to the cost of living crisis our country is currently facing. We want you to know we are here for you and will do our utmost to help you whenever we can. If you are having any financial difficulties please speak to or contact any of the people mentioned below and we will strive to get you the help, advice and support you need.
Any of our staff will be happy to listen an support so please do approach your child’s class teacher, TA, one of our head teachers or the office staff.
Alternatively, both our trust Parent Support Advisor (PSA) Tracey Mitchell and Deputy Head Natasha Clarke are available to talk to or email:
Places to Seek Advice
- Citizens Advice Bureau Citizens Advice Bureau (cab.org.nz)
- Norfolk Adult Learning off free courses eg Think Food cooking on a budget, basic cooking skills, Finance eg Beat the Bills, managing your money search adult learning on https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/
- South Norfolk and Broadband help hub Help Hub – Broadland and South Norfolk (southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk)
- Money Saving Expert: Energy Help, Credit Cards, Flight Delays, Shopping and more
- The Norfolk Assistance Scheme website https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/care-support-and-health/support-for-living-independently/money-and-benefits/norfolk-assistance-scheme/how-to-apply Phone 0344 800 8020
- Money Support Service NCC 01603-223392 option 4 help with budgeting
- https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/what-we-do-and-how-we-work/campaigns/help-with-living-costs/household-support-fund See Help with Living Costs. Money support, food support, free vouchers, get local support plus emergency funding help.
- Community Action Norfolk 01362 698210 – charity offering help including warm homes and collective oil buying
- Money Advice Service 0800 138 7777 Mon-Fri 8-6 – www.moneyhelper.org.uk- offers advice online
- Norfolk Community Law Service – debt advice
- National Debtline 0808 808 4000 Mon-Fri-9-8- www.nationaldebtline- offers advice online
- Debt Support Trust www.debtsupporttrust.org.uk – debt charity offering support and solutions to become debt free with trained friendly advisors
- Step Change www.stepchange.org – Debt charity 08000 138 1111 Mon-Fri- 9-5- offers advice online
- Christians Against Poverty CAP – CAP UK | Home
Grants and Applications
- Fighting UK Poverty – Turn2us check benefits, apply for grants, support with utility bills, information and support
- Warm homes grant Grants and loans – Breckland Council
- Local Parish councils and churches run hardship funds which families can apply to for a variety of reasons. Including but not limited to: repairs to property, school uniform grants etc.
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive universal free school meals. However, you may be eligible for Pupil Premium. This would allow your child to continue to have free school meals throughout their time in school and also allow the school to apply for additional funding which can help cover the cost of additional costs in school. Including helping pay for school trips.
To see if you are eligible: Apply for free school meals – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Your child may be eligible for Pupil Premium if you receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child may also get Pupil Premium/Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
- younger than the compulsory age for starting school
- in full-time education
Money Saving Tips
- Plan meals in advance so you go to the supermarket knowing what to buy.
- Do not charge your mobile phone overnight. Most modern phones only take a couple of hours to charge. Use a in car charger when driving so not using electricity (but always ensure you have enough battery to make a call to keep you safe)
- Turn your heating down
- Turn your thermostat down for you hot water to a safe temperature
- Check any subscriptions you have (amazon, Disney, Sky, Netfixs) are you on the best rate they are offering? Do you have similar subscriptions and can cancel one?
- Always shop around for oil, insurances, utility suppliers. Loyalty is not often rewarded and they may price match.
- Make a list of all the food in your cupboards, freezer and fridge. What meals can you make?
- BBC bite size, cebeebies are full or games and program links for free.
- Layer up with extra clothes and socks.
- Use radiator foil behind radiators.
- Use draught excluders (old socks in a pillow case).
- Draft exclude the loft.
- Use thick curtains. If you have thin curtains use a thicker sheer behind it or find another thin pair from the charity shop and double up.
- Use blankets as well as duvets at night.
- Use blankets and throws while watching TV.
- Ask for dressing gowns and thick socks/slippers for Christmas.
- Close doors and curtains to rooms you are not using.
- Ask yourself if clothes need washing – are they dirty or smelly then yes. If they are worn but clean use them again.
- A bar of soap is cheaper and lasts longer than shower gel or hand gel.
- Turn down the valve on your radiators in rooms that you do not use as much.
- If your heating is on, put a clothes airer with wet clothes in front of the radiator, use a duvet cover or large sheet to cover the airier. Tuck the sheet in slightly behind the radiator and create a ‘tent’ by pegging the sides closed to trap in the warm. Dries clothes quicker when you cannot dry things outside, and avoids the costly tumble drier. (Do this in a room you are not in so it is not taking the heat from the room)
- When boiling a kettle only boil the amount you need or fill a flash so the water stays warm and you do not need to re-heat the kettle.
Social Media Groups for Support and or Ideas
- Money saving hints, tips and ideas Facebook group
- Money saving tips UK GB Facebook group
- Use just giving pages or second hand pages
- Sell things that are no-longer in use in the house
Free Library Grab Bags
Keep Warm and Well with Norfolk Libraries
From Monday 10 October 2022 until the end of March 2023, Norfolk libraries will be offering free bags of essential items and hot drinks.
- Warm and Well bags contain a scarf, hat, gloves, blanket, socks and a hot water bottle. Adult and child bags are available.
- Vests are available on request in a range of adult and child sizes.
- Tea, coffee, instant soup, hot chocolate and biscuits will be available during staffed hours. Find your local library.
For further help and support please visit the help with living costs page.
The library van which visits Banham also has these bags available.
Places to Visit
- Visit the local library – the heating will be on, often have activities for children such as go club and all free.
- Blue Peter badges gives you free entry to some attractions
- Banham Toddler Group at Banham Community Centre 10am -12 midday on a Monday term time £1 a family inclusive of all the activities hot drinks for adults and a snack and drink for each child.
- If both parents work and pay for childcare, join Tax Free Childcare. The government contributes 20% towards the cost and it can be used for childcare, before and after school clubs and some holiday clubs. Tax-Free Childcare – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- The envelope budget setting system How to Use the Envelope Budgeting Method (thebalancemoney.com)
- Phoenix Centre Mile Cross- 01603 403814 Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers have made ‘warm bags’ with hats, gloves, scarves blankets, socks and hot water bottles with covers firstname.lastname@example.org
- Greggs Foundation – www.greggsfoundation.org.uk resources breakfast clubs (gives schools fresh bread from nearest Greggs and a grant to support start up and ongoing costs . Gives grants for white goods , beds.
Mental Health and Money
- Mind www.mind.org.uk has a money and mental health section
- www.mentalhealthandmoneyadvice.org- clear practical advice and support for people experiencing issues with metal health and money – eg Welfare benefits
School Trips, Uniforms and Lunches
We aim to provide a plethora of school trips and experiences to enrich our curriculum and understand these can prove costly. We never want children to miss a trip for financial reasons or see any of our families struggle to afford them. Please speak to the school if payment is difficult as there are different options and ways we can help and support.
Many of our school trips are subsidized by the Friends of Banham Primary (FOBS).
School uniform can soon all add up so here at Banham Primary we have occasional pop up shops for donated clothing but also have a large collection of free things. Please speak to us about what you need and the sizing.
All three of our Primary schools provide the government funded daily fruit for Key Stage One children. If your child is in Key Stage Two and would benefit from this, please let us know.
All Reception, Year One and Two children are eligible for free school meals. If your child is in Key Stage Two they may be eligible for Pupil Premium free school meals. More information on this is on this web page.
- Use ‘too good to go’ or ‘Olio’ app to get discounted food from local shops which is due to expire.
- Use a slow cooker, air-fryer or microwave instead of the oven or hob.
- Prepare freezer dump bags to help budget food. 15 Dump Bag Recipes Australia – Selected Recipes
- Cooking on a bootstrap recipe page COOKING ON A BOOTSTRAP – by Jack Monroe, bestselling author of ‘A Girl Called Jack’
Food Schemes in School
Banham has developed links with the local ‘One Stop’. Staff from school collect any goods that are past the sell by date each morning. Although the quantity and variety varies daily this food is shared between families who would benefit from it. Please talk to Mrs Davies or your child’s class teacher if you would like to receive some of these goods.
- Attleborough Food Bank
The Attleborough Food Bank Sessions are held at Attleborough Methodist Church, London Road, Attleborough NR17 2BX from 10.30-11.30 am each Saturday.
- Thetford Foodbank
The Hub (was Church of the Nazarene)
0300 102 9618 (not manned M-F 9-5 please leave your no. and a message and someone will get back to you)
WEBSITE http://thetford.foodbank.org.uk EMAIL email@example.com
- Waveney Foodbank
Brome Ind Estate,
PHONE 01379 870506 or 0845 2691078
WEBSITE http://waveney.foodbank.org.uk EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
- Norwich Foodbank
Henderson Business Centre,
51 Ivy Road,
Food donations can be made at the Foodbank Warehouse, Unit 14, Henderson Industrial Units, Ivy Road (off Bowthorpe Road), Norwich, NR5 8BF – open Mon, Thurs and Fri 9-1pm (excluding bank holidays). Please see our website for food bank centre opening times.
PHONE0300 365 1123
- Hope Church Food Bank,
Diss IP22 4HG
Mon – Thursday 10:30 to 11:30
In addition their Lounge is open for Tea/Coffee and a chat Mon & Friday 10:45 to 12pm with fareshare food.
- Diss Youth Centre
Community fridge at the youth centre
Shelfanger road. Monday, Thursday, Friday. 6.30-8
- For Food Vouchers
If you don’t have a voucher just call 0808 208 2138.
- There are a variety of food banks local to the area. Please email: email@example.com to receive food bank vouchers or information on how to apply for these.
The Pantry Kenninghall
£3 for a year’s membership.
Items are heavily discounted and fresh food and milk is occasionally free.
The pantry – community shop in School Close Kenninghall.