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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Support for people in South Tyneside

  1. Support Hub for most at risk
  2. Hardship Fund - support in a financial crisis
  3. Council Tax 
  4. Free school meals
  5. Food banks
  6. Community Laundry service
  7. Homeless and rough sleeping support
  8. South Tyneside Homes tenants
  9. Domestic abuse
  10. Support for migrant communities
  11. Clinically extremely vulnerable people
  12. Armed Forces support
  13. Support for victims of modern slavery
  14. Quit for COVID stop smoking services

Support Hub for most at risk - 0191 424 7575

If you are isolated in South Tyneside without any means of support, call the Covid-19 Support Hub on 0191 424 7575.

Opening times: 

  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 1pm

This service is for people who have no other means of getting essentials such as food, medical supplies or who are struggling with their wellbeing.

Support will be tailored for individual needs and will include help with:

  • essential food and medicine deliveries
  • additional care if you live alone and don't have family, friends or social care services to support you
  • regular welfare checks by the Council
  • signposting to financial or welfare support, befriending services, mental health and support from voluntary organisations

Hardship Fund - support in a financial crisis

We have established a new Hardship Fund to support residents in financial crisis.

Council Tax 

All working age residents currently in receipt of Council Tax Support will receive an additional £150 reduction in their Council Tax Bill, with no further payment due until 1st October 2020.

If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax, you can apply for help towards your Council Tax costs by applying for Council Tax Support.

Free school meals

Free school meals will still be provided to eligible children

Food banks

The Council has increased its support to food banks

Community Laundry service

Laundry service, including a collection and delivery service, for elderly and disabled people. For more information contact 0191 489 1701 or see Community Laundry Service

Homeless and rough sleeping support

Your Homelessness service provides advice and assistance to those who are homeless, sleeping rough or are unable to remain in their current home due to the crisis.

At this time priority will be given to people who are sleeping rough, fleeing domestic abuse, or are unable to remain at their current accommodation.

More information about support with homelessness and rough sleeping

South Tyneside Homes tenants

Support and information for South Tyneside Homes tenants

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse support

Support for migrant communities

We can provide help if you:

  • Currently have no immigration status awarded by the Home Office
  • Have no access to benefits (known as no recourse to Public Funds)
  • Are homeless
  • Need assistance or accommodation

Call the South Tyneside Homes Housing Options team on 0300 123 6633.

Government support for clinically extremely vulnerable people

If you've had a letter from NHS England identifying you as extremely vulnerable, please visit gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable to register for the support that you need.

Armed Force support

Armed Forces support is still available in South Tyneside for serving, reservists, veterans and their dependents

Support for victims of modern slavery

Help and support is available for victims of modern slavery during the coronavirus pandemic

Quit for COVID stop smoking services

During the current pandemic, we are urging smokers in South Tyneside to 'Quit for COVID' and reduce their risks from coronavirus. 

There are a number of service to help you stop smoking, see COVID-19 stop smoking services.

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