Local AssistanceTel: 01243 213411
Since April 2013, the Government has changed the way it helps people in crisis situations. Emergency Crisis Loans and Community Care Grants will no longer be available from Job Centre Plus. West Sussex County Council has introduced a new scheme to support local people called the Local Assistance Network.
Stonepillow administers the Local Area Assistance fund to local people who are going through crisis and qualify for Crisis funding. Any assistance offered will be on a discretionary basis following an assessment. You may be eligible if you:
- live in the Chichester and Arun district;
- are on a low income or in receipt of benefits;
- are facing an unforeseen emergency or disaster that puts you or your family at risk;
- need help moving into or remaining in the community;
- can provide evidence of who you are and why you need help.
Please note that no cash or financial assistance will be provided and no help is available to meet housing costs or other debts.
Appointments can be made with the Local Assistance Officer to discuss your situation and to apply for assistance. We can also signpost to other agencies and services if necessary.
The Local Assistance office is located at the Restore Project on Terminus Road in Chichester and is open 9am-4.30pm for appointments and drop-ins, until 5pm for telephone enquiries. (For contact details and our address click here). If you are unable to get to our office in Chichester, your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau can refer you; please take your ID and evidence for them to record and Stonepillow will contact you once your application has been processed.
If you do not live in the Chichester and Arun district, click here to see other providers in West Sussex; if you live outside our county, contact your local council to see how they can help.