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Do I meet the criteria?

The eligibility criteria and support available are as follows:

Support available


  • Furniture; rugs / carpet; white goods*
  • Essential household equipment*
  • Gas / electricity
  • Rent in advance (only when all other options for rent in advance have been requested)
  • Removal expenses
  • Food deliveries, supermarket vouchers
  • Cash when necessary
  • The Children’s Fund can also provide clothes

*Note: we do not fund/supply new for older goods in working condition.

Be resident in Gloucestershire,

Be 16 years old or over, and

Be in one of the following priority groups:

  • At risk of entering institutionalised care
  • At risk of significant harm or exploitation
  • Avoid an uncontrollable debt
  • Care leavers 16 to 18 years (up to 25 years old if in education)
  • Ex-offenders/leaving YOI
  • Resettlement from custody for young people
  • Leaving Accommodation Based Support services
  • Leaving residential care
  • Fleeing domestic abuse
  • Escaping hate crime/harassment
  • Person with terminal illness
  • Child in Need in the home
  • Child has child protection plan
  • History of homelessness
  • Runaways
  • Sleeping rough for long period
  • Living in poor accommodation including living in temporary accommodation
  • Families where parent is misusing alcohol/drugs or has mental health crisis
  • Pregnant women
  • Assessed by GCC as being eligible for support from Health and Social care
  • Telecare user
  • Person with chronic illness
  • History of Mental illness / self-harming
  • History of substance or alcohol misuse and actively seeking rehabilitation


Receive or awaiting means tested benefits or be on low income:

  • Pension Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Job Seekers Allowance
  • Child tax credit
  • Working tax credit
  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Are due to leave care within the next six weeks and likely to get one of the above benefits
  • Young people leaving education at 18
  • Children and young people who attend an independent Special School for education
  • All children under the age of 5
  • All care leavers
  • All care leavers with children
  • Children and young people with a disability
  • Children and young people that need a specialised diet

* Currently, only applicants with a priority banding from Home seekers (gold/silver) will be eligible for support/funding.

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