Welfare information and advice

Practical support

Save energy, save money

Consider switching energy suppliers for a better deal.

OFGEM (the government regulator for gas and electricity markets) has information and guidance for consumers (link opens in new window) about comparing suppliers, understanding your bills and saving money.

Energy Saving Trust

As part of a wider national and local drive to tackle climate change, we work closely with the Energy Saving Trust (link opens in new window). The trust provides free and independent advice on what type of energy saving measures would be beneficial for your home.

Telephone: 0300 123 1234
Email: energy-advice@est.org.uk
Visit the Energy Saving Trust's website (link opens in new window)


If you have a child under the age of five and are finding life difficult, you can get friendship, practical and emotional support from Home-Start (link opens in new window). A volunteer could help you with managing the household budget.

Telephone: 01582 660061
Email: office@home-startcentralbeds.org.uk
Visit Home-Start's website (link opens in new window)

Food banks

If you are experiencing difficulties feeding yourself or the family, you can get emergency food provision from your local food bank. They offer several days’ supply to anyone experiencing severe financial hardship. Remember to contact your local food bank first to find out their process for applying for a food parcel as most of them operate a referral system

The Dunstable Food Bank

Telephone: 07874 200056
Email: info@dunstablefoodbank.org.uk
Visit Dunstable Food Bank's website (link opens in new window)

It covers the LU5 and LU6 postcode area, supported by most local churches. A referral voucher system is in place. It has distribution centres at these locations:

New Life Church
80A Houghton Rd
Times: Monday 2pm to 4pm; Wednesday 10am to midday

The Way
Christ Church Dunstable
West Street
Times: Tuesday 2:30pm to 4:30pm; Friday 2:30pm to 4:30pm

St Augustine’s Church
Oakwood Avenue
Times: Thursday 9:30am to 11:30am

Wilkinson Hall
St George’s Church
Station Road

Biggleswade Baptist Church's food bank

24 London Road
SG18 8EB
Telephone: 07511 367066

Potton Vineyard Church's food bank

24 The Square
SG19 2NP
Telephone: 01767 261764
Email: office@pottonvineyard.org.uk

Leighton-Linslade Community Food Bank

Trinity Methodist Church
North Street
Leighton Buzzard

Telephone: 01525 381129 / 01525 373780 / 07842 122429
Email: llhservice@btinternet.com

The Need Project's food bank

With four main ‘hubs’ at Kings Baptist Church in Stotfold, Flitwick Baptist Church, Sandy Baptist Church and Shefford Baptist Church, The Need Project provides food to residents in outlying areas. View the full list of collection points (link opens in new window) on The Need Project's website.

Telephone: 07952 765302

Email: admin@theneedproject.co.uk
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Buy from a furniture bank

If you need to furnish your home on a tight budget, you can cut costs by buying household furnishings from a furniture bank. Most furniture banks are registered charities, which means not only can you find furniture at great prices, you can also feel good knowing that your money is going to help others in your community. Some of these require membership, visit their websites or call them to check.

Preen Furniture Bank

Telephone: 0844 99 343 99
Email: info@preenreuse.com
Visit Preen Furniture Bank's website (link opens in new window)

Unit 2 Shortmead Industrial Estate
Sun Street
SG18 0BP

Emmaus Village Carlton

School Lane
MK43 7LQ
Telephone: 01234 720826
Visit Emmaus Village Carlton's website (link opens in new window)

The ReUse Centre Shop

Unit 3 Church Arcade
MK40 1LQ
Telephone: 01234 353578
Visit the ReUse Centre Shop's website (link opens in new window)

Noah Enterprise Furniture Store

54 Church Street
Telephone: 01582 484001
Visit Noah Enterprise Furniture Store's website (link opens in new window)