Cost of Living Advice, Support & Help

General Advice
Food Banks

Cost of living support factsheet: 26 May 2022 provides information about government support.


The government sponsored Money Advice Service can help you find support.


Cumbria County Council provides information for residents affected by rising living costs.


The Government's Help for Households webpage shows what cost of living support people could be eligible for.


South Lakes Citizens Advice provide debt management plans and advice on how to avoid losing your home and how to get your finances back into shape.


Cold to Cosy Homes service offers free energy-saving advice and equipment, along with referrals for a range of other support, to help you make your home warmer and more comfortable.


The Piggy Bank, brings together some helpful advice and useful tips about moving home and managing money.


Age UK South Lakeland offers lots of services for people of any age including help with debt, housing and health support.


Infant formula provision and small grant funding available from SLDC


Healthy Start offers free vouchers every week to spend on milk, fresh, frozen or tinned fruit and vegetables, fresh dried and tinned pulses, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins. You qualify if you’re pregnant or have children under the age of four.


Citizens Advice can help with referrals for your closest food bank in South Lakeland.


Ulverston Food Bank

Bethany Christian Church, Lightburn Road.
Tel: 01229 343 410
The food bank is open Thursday 11am - 1pm, Monday re-opening soon. For more information please phone

Millom Food Bank

Millom Baptist Church, Crown Street
Tel: 01229 774 601
The food bank is open Tuesday 11am - 1pm and Thursday 11am - 1pm. Deliveries available.

Barrow Food Bank

Abbey Road, Baptist Church, Cnr of Abbey Road/Park Road
Tel: 01229 343 436
The food bank is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday deliveries only, Tuesday 11am - 1pm, Thursday 11am - 1pm and Friday 1pm - 3pm

Kendal Food Bank

Shakespeare Centre, Yard 76, Highgate
Tel: 07534 609 179
The food bank is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 12 - 3pm

Windermere & District Food Bank

Methodist Church Basement, Main Road
Tel: 07789 728 811

Milnthorpe Area Food Bank

Tel: 07582 166 564
The food bank is open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm

Holiday activities and food offers (1)


Holiday activities and food offers (2)


Warm spaces


Coniston Community Fridge and Pantry

This project takes food donated by shops, supermarkets and individuals and makes this available to anyone who lives in Coniston and the surrounding area, free of charge in an attempt to reduce food waste. Others may want to leave surplus food for others to collect.

This will be located at the back of St Andrew's in the heart of the village. St Andrew's is open throughout the day, but as the fridge and pantry won't be staffed you are invited to take what you need.

Pop in to see what is in; it is hoped that we may be able to give people an idea as to what is available on the Love Coniston Facebook group.

If there is a demand from those who are unable to get out we may be able to drop food parcels off. If you would like regular food parcels making up please email Michael Dearnley so that we can work out how best to put this into practice.

Support from Love Coniston