Support for individuals

Find out about advice and support available for individuals to help with the cost of living.

Crisis Grant

Crisis grants provide you with help if you need money quickly, because of an emergency or disaster, such as a fire or flood at home, or you're a victim of domestic abuse and need help to move.  

Find out more about crisis grants and how to contact our Scottish Welfare Fund team

Community Care Grant

Community care grants can provide you with help with costs to live in the community if, for example,  your family is under exceptional pressure or you need to move because of domestic abuse. 

Find out more about community care grants and apply online 

Make use of local food banks

Local food banks provide food for families. Our Money Advice and Rights team can discuss your options, including a potential referral to a local food bank for support.

There are many local food shares and larders that don't require a referral. Find out more on the Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire ER Food Dignity Network web page. 

Free period products

Free period products are available at various venues across East Renfrewshire, including all schools. The PickupMyPeriod app directs users to the nearest location where free period products are available based upon either the user's GPS location or an entered postcode.  

You can now download the app through these links:  

For Android:  

For Apple:  

Or search "PickUpMyPeriod" on Google Play and the Apple App Store. 

Contact Work EastRen

Our Work EastRen employability team can offer a range of support whether you are looking to re-enter the workplace, re-train or gain new skills.

They can support you to overcome barriers you face to gaining or retaining employment, and work with a range of partners to strengthen this offer. If you require support please contact the team.

Emotional support

If you're experiencing financial hardship and struggling mentally you don't have to face these problems by yourself.

If you need advice or want to chat about getting help for the health and wellbeing of yourself or a loved one contact:

Last modified on 28 June 2023