Published: Monday, 6th November 2023

Families across the borough are struggling to put food on the table, to pay rent, to afford basic healthcare for themselves and their families due to the cost of living crisis.

As temperatures drop and days get shorter, it’s easier for people to feel isolated and alone, which is why we’re continuing to support them through our cost of living campaign Greenwich Supports. 

From discounted prescriptions, benefits and money management advice to free nutritious meals and free entertainment – we are looking out for the communities that need us most as well as offering Children’s Centres, Advice Hubs and soon launching our Welcoming Spaces and more for all residents. 

Councillor Anthony Okereke, Leader of the Council, said: “The cost of living crisis is a harsh reality that vulnerable members of our community face every day. Through Our Greenwich we pledged to ensure those in financial need can access the right support, advice and opportunities to improve their situation, this is exactly what Greenwich Supports does. 

"Whether you’re feeling the pinch due to feeding and entertaining your children during the holidays, or it’s the food shopping running out way sooner than planned or an unexpected bill coming through the post.   

 “We understand that the winter months can make this even worse and are committed to providing support to those that need it most. Whatever your income, I’m certain we have something to help you and your family enjoy winter with free activities and holiday meals to reduce some of your stress.” 

Councillor Mariam Lolavar, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Economy, Business and Skills said: "Despite limited funding, we are continuing to ensure we keep our commitment to equality and ensuring that everyone has access to basic needs during exceptionally difficult times.  

“Through Greenwich Supports, we hope to lessen the burden on our most vulnerable residents and families, creating hope and building stronger community bonds as we all work together to support one another.” 

Our work through Greenwich Supports can help you with: 

  • Getting the right benefits 

  • Money management advice 

  • Council Tax Support 

  • Free in-person support through Advice Hubs 

  • Stepping in before you become homeless 

  • Discounting energy and water bills for eligible residents 

  • Free sim-cards for those on a low income without internet access 

  • Health and Wellbeing care through Live Well Greenwich 

  • Support and advice through our children’s centres and Family Hubs 

  • Emergency Support Scheme payments for those in crisis 

  • Free activities and leisure across our libraries and Welcoming Spaces 

  • Accessing Cookery clubs and community kitchens. 

Find support and how to access it, as well as ways to help yourself at: