We understand that it is an especially tough time of year for many families. Back in the spring, the government announced that food vouchers will no longer be made available to eligible families for the school holidays due to changes in the Department for Work and Pensions Household Support Fund Extension grant criteria which mean less of the funding can be targeted to households with families.

Hampshire County Council have advice and guidance for families, including a section on the connect4communities Programme support on their Family Information and Services Hub

The Winchester Basics Bank are now accepting applications for our Winter Holiday Lunch scheme – for families with school aged children to receive extra help with ingredients for hot food for the lunches during the school holiday. Families can apply via a form here by Thursday 2nd Dec, but if access to the internet is difficult please call 01962 864720 on a Tue or Fri 9-3pm to register for the scheme.

Registration closes on Thursday 2nd December and collection for the holiday food is 5th-16th December. If additional support is needed, e.g. food for the whole family, we would recommend a standard food voucher is applied for – see www.winchesterbasicsbank.co.uk/get-help.

The school has also been granted a small fund to support families in need. If you are struggling financially especially with fuel or food, please let us know in confidence and we may be able to assist.

You may contact us directly and in confidence at school@perins.hants.sch.uk.

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