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 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. 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


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. A volunteer could help you with managing the household budget.

Telephone: 01582 660061
Email: office@home-startcentralbeds.org.uk
Visit Home-Start's website

Food banks

The Need Project

Covering Central Bedfordshire (and some people outside of this area).

Visit the Need Project's website

Biggleswade Baptist Church

Supporting people with the SG18 postcode, in Biggleswade and the surrounding villages.

Visit Biggleswade Baptist Church's website


Preen covers residents across Central Bedfordshire.

Visit Preen on Facebook

Dunstable Foodbank

Dunstable Foodbank covers people who cannot afford food in LU5 and LU6 postcodes.

Visit Dunstable Food Bank's website

Leighton Linslade Homeless Service (Leighton Linslade Community Foodbank)

Covering Leighton Buzzard, Linslade and the local surrounding areas.

Visit Leighton Linslade Homeless Service's website

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

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

The ReUse Centre Shop

Unit 3 Church Arcade
MK40 1LQ
Telephone: 01234 353578

Noah Enterprise Furniture Store

54 Church Street
Telephone: 01582 484001
Visit Noah Enterprise Furniture Store's website