Winter Hardship Support: Families & Over 50s

Published: 15 January 2021

Increased Data Allowances for Families Home-schooling

The government have introduced a scheme to increase data allowances on mobile phones in order to support children and young people who are learning remotely. Families on a number of mobile phone networks can benefit from the scheme.

Schools, trusts and local authorities can request mobile data increases for children and young people who:

·        Do not have fixed broadband at home

·        Are not able to afford additional data for their devices

·        Are experiencing disruption to their face-to face education


Please see full info on the scheme here:

Business2Schools – Recycling IT Equipment

This West Sussex based charity aims to ensure all children being taught at home while schools are shut can access the necessary equipment for their learning. Hundreds of schools have signed up, with a good number in Horsham so far, to receive equipment which have been donated by local businesses. Businesses can chose a local school of their choice to donate all types of IT equipment (including laptops) to and schools who want to receive equipment can sign up on their website. Please see their website here: or get in contact on their email address:


Winter Fuel/Hardship Support

If you are aware of a family or vulnerable person who is facing fuel poverty, there is support available for them from Citizens Advice, in partnership with WSCC. The support available ranges from: paying for gas, electric or water bills, to boiler repairs and other household facilities. Please see the referral form here:  The closing date for this funding is 31st March. Please note, Citizen Advice West Sussex have recently changed their local number to: 0808 278 7969.


Age UK – Hot Meals for Over 50s

Partnering with WSCC, Age UK can deliver nutritious home cooked meals directly to your door for over 50s in West Sussex, as well as providing advice on their energy and wellbeing. There is a suggestion of £2 donation for the delivery of these meals. Please get in contact on 01903 731 800 or if someone you know could benefit from this service.