Useful Information during COVID-19
If you are a key worker and you require childcare during the Easter holidays, please fill in the form below:
We are aware that many families may be in need of additional support during this difficult period. If you are struggling with anything at all – payments, feeding your family, mental health and wellbeing, parenting issues, etc. please get in touch with us in school via telephone 01274 543445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also find the below advice useful, which has been provided by our local Early Help Hub. Their contact details are:
Bradford West Family Hub
56 Toller Lane
The information below is from the Credit Union and may be helpful to those who use this service.
- Our office is currently open for urgent inquiries from 9:30am to 12 Noon. Our telephone lines are open as normal. Members with inquiries or difficulty in repaying their loan should contact us during normal office hours by telephone on 01274 434100 or by email at email@example.com.
- We can no longer accept member or loan applications at our counter. All Applications must be submitted online, if you have any queries please contact us during normal office hours by telephone on 01274 434100 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. For family loans see information below. Please do not visit the branch during the current pandemic.
- If members wish to make cash withdrawals from their savings please do so by using our online service, or a Bradford District Credit Union Debit Card at your local ATM. There will be no card fee for withdrawal by using the card at an ATM during the current pandemic but the ATM may charge you. In your own interest please limit your ATM balance checks as there is a 30p fee for this service. If you do not have a card please contact us during normal office hours by telephone on 01274 434100 or by email at email@example.com Please do not visit the branch during the current pandemic.
- Our office in City Hall currently remains open for urgent enquiries but for the period of the pandemic members contact is very limited please use email firstname.lastname@example.org and phone 01274434100.
Family Loans from the Credit Union
In addition to the Coronavirus Update advice on the Credit Union website, this is specific information to the Family Loan.
“Our family loans scheme lets you borrow up to £500 for family expenses and use the CHB (child benefit) for the repayments without the need for a Credit Check. For more information click HERE
Revised procedure (effective 24/03/2020):
You can apply for a new Family Loan ONLINE ONLY.
PLEASE DO NOT COME DOWN TO BRANCH
- Apply online to become a member Join Online Here
- Once you have a membership number you can apply Family Loan Application Form
- You will then need to contact the DWP to redirect your Child Benefit to your Credit Union account with your membership number and surname as reference
- If your loan application is successful, you will need to sign and return the Credit Agreement to us by post or take a photo and email to us.
- We will wait for your first CHB payment to reach your Credit Union account before sending you the loan funds.
PLEASE NOTE THIS PROCESS IS SUBJECT TO:
Postal service operating if sending by post.
The Credit Union office being open.
The DWP operating.
If you receive certain benefits, and are struggling to afford key items such as furniture, clothing or rent, the government offer ‘Budgeting Loans’. To find out more and to check if you are eligible, please visit the website below:
Other sources of income
There are a number of other social funds that may be able to help you out during the current crisis. A number of them are listed on the following website, along with links to take you directly to where you can apply.
Advice on Benefits, Employment, Housing and Immigration
The Manningham Project
Kirk House 203 Lumb Lane
Bradford BD8 7SG
Email - email@example.com
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
HELPLINE - 0800 328 5644
School meals scam
The Early Help Hub sent us the following information so please be careful:
The DFE have been made aware that parents may receive an email saying ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’. This is a SCAM so please do not enter your details.
Free Schools Meals are being prepared by our own school kitchen and delivered to those who have requested them. Please get in touch with the school office if your family are entitled to Free School Meals and would like to take up this offer.
Food Banks and other food providers
Windhill Community Centre (Shipley) have cancelled their courses but are staying open to provide free meals between 9 - 10.30am for breakfast, 12.30 – 1pm for lunch and then 4 – 5pm. Their number is 01274 588831 but advise that families are directed to their Facebook page for up to date information.
Café West in Allerton are operating a cooked meal delivery service to local families and their number is 01274 488499. They hope to be able to deliver enough meals to last families five days but are in need of donations of store foods eg, tins, packets, flour etc. and desperately need food containers (if anyone can help)
The Salvation Army in Keighley are operating a food delivery service instead of a food bank. Please provide the details you would normally complete on the food bank voucher, such as name, address, number of people in household and reason for the parcel. Could you please ensure addresses are given in full including a postcode.
As the Food Parcel delivery service will be a drop on the doorstep initiative to minimise contact can you please also provide us with a contact number so we can notify you of your timed delivery slot.
In order to receive a parcel on the Thursday, referrals need to reach us by Wednesday at 5pm. Referrals received after this time will be delivered the following week.
The Trussell Trust Food Bank
The Light Centre, 86 Captain Street, Bradford, BD1 4EL
Bradford Community Kitchen (Millside Road)
131 Grattan Road, Bradford, BD1 2HS
Email - email@example.com
How to help children to understand
If you need a resource to help explain the current situation to younger children, please see the resource below, which has been created by a local teacher.
Small Paul – a story:
If you have children who are of an age where they want to leave the house to socialise, and are finding it difficult to understand why this isn’t a good idea, the resource below from the Youth Offending Team explains the situation and the consequences of their actions:
Online Parenting Programmes
Freedom: This can be done online for £12.
Family Links Nurturing programme can be done free of charge online:
Family Links resources:
HENRY – top tips, free recipes, videos for families on healthy eating right from the start and growing up with healthy teeth https://henry.org.uk/
Baby milk, nappies, etc.
Eileen: 07864086384 / 07514535079 / 07870274482
While children are spending more time online at the moment, you may find the following websites useful to provide you with information about online safety:
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Early Help have provided us with this list of apps and websites that could support you as parents, as well as your children, in managing mental health needs at this time: