Cost of living support

Support in Gedling is a local directory which highlights and signposts to agencies, groups and charities offering support to people across the borough, including links to financial support, foodbanks and community hubs. 

Cost of Living support options 

Community Hubs

Welcome and warm spaces

Welcome and warm spaces are initiatives set up to create places within the local community where people can come together, socialise, stay warm and in some cases have hot refreshments. Find out about welcome and warm spaces across Gedling Borough. 

Food Support


Food Clubs

Arnold Methodist Church Food Club (God's Menu)

Arnold Methodist Church, 54 Front St, Arnold

Mondays 1-3pm

Contact: 07495 785347 /


Calverton CORE Centre Food Pantry Club

Calverton Working Men's Club, Collyer Road, Calverton

Tuesdays (not bank holiday weekends) 9.30-11am

Contact: 0115 8470551/ 07305109358


Hope Nottingham's Carlton Community Hub Food Club

Hope Nottingham's Carlton Community Hub, 88 Carlton Hill, Carlton

Thursdays 12- 2pm

Contact: 0303 040 1110 /


Netherfield Bethesda Food Club and Foodbank

Bethesda Community Hall, Netherfield

Foodbank: Wednesdays 1-3pm

Food club: Thursdays 2-4pm

Contact: 07394 596938 /


Newstead Community Food Pantry

Newstead Centre, Tilford Road, Newstead Village

Tuesday 10.30am – 12.30pm

Contact: 01623 720140 /


Money, employment and energy advice


VenueAddressDays/timesSupport availableContacts
Gedling Borough Council Customer Services outreach sessions - Calverton Calverton Core Centre at Calverton Working Men’s Club, Collyer Road, Calverton, NG14 6JX Thursdays, 9am - 3pm

Advice on money, energy and more.

Appointments available or just drop in.

0115 901 3901           

Gedling Borough Council Customer Services outreach sessions - Carlton Carlton Methodist Church Main Street Methodist church, on the corner of Carlton Hill and Cromwell Street, NG4 1EE Tuesdays, 11am - 3pm

Advice on money, energy and more. 

Appointments available or just drop in.

0115 901 3901       

Gedling Borough Council Customer Services outreach sessions - Bestwood

St Mark's Church, School Walk, Bestwood Village NG6 8UU

Tuesdays, 9am -11am

Advice on money, energy and more. 

Appointments available or just drop in.

0115 901 3901       

Nottinghamshire County Council advice and support sessions - Newstead Newstead Centre and Courtyard Café, Tilford Road Newstead Village, Nottingham, NG15 0BS Tuesdays 10.30am - 12.30pm  Advice and support on Benefits, Maximising Independence Service, Adult Social Care and Public Health.

T: (01623) 720140. E:

W: Newstead Centre website

Visit Newstead Centre's Facebook page for events.

Jigsaw Homes - energy vouchers Civic Centre Arnot Hill Park, Nottingham, NG5 6LU   Jigsaw Homes can issue families and individuals energy vouchers if they are housing tenants.


Jigsaw Homes Job Club

Hope Nottingham's Carlton Community Hub and Café

Daybrook Baptist Church 

St Georges Centre, 91 Victoria Road, Netherfield, Nottingham, NG4 2NN

Newstead Centre and Courtyard Café

Carlton: 1st & 3rd Tuesday each month, 12-2.45pm

Daybrook: Wednesday 1.30 - 3.30pm

Netherfield: Mondays 2-4pm (appointment only - book at the centre)

Newstead: Thursdays, 1-4pm

Advice about CV writing, interview techniques and practice your interview skills.

Carlton and Daybrook: T: 0115 905 1515 E:

St Georges Centre. T: (0115) 9113302.

The Newstead Centre Team T: (01623) 720140 E:

King's Money Advice Centre The King’s Centre, Shirley Drive, Arnold, NG5 7JX Appointment only - by phone or online. Please call to make appointment. Confidential free advice, help with money concerns and budgeting for Gedling residents. 

0115 920 7399

Citizens Advice Nottingham and District - Arnold Gedling Borough Council, Civic Centre,
Arnot Hill Park, Arnold, Nottingham

Fridays 9.30am - 3.30pm

Appointments arranged with Citizens Advice Nottingham & District


Citizens Advice Nottingham and District:  0115 9453977                                                             

Citizens Advice Nottingham and District - Calverton Calverton Core Centre, at The Calverton Working Men’s Club, Collyer Road, Calverton, NG14 6JX


Virtual appointments are booked at the centre and conducted by video link using equipment provided          


Email Book by calling: 07305 109358

Citizens Advice Nottingham and District - Netherfield St George's Centre, 91 Victoria Road, Netherfield, NG4 2NN 

Thursdays 9.30am - 3.30pm

Appointments are allocated on a first come first served basis; you will be given a ticket

Sessions Booking St George's Centre: 0115 9113302 

Citizen's Advice Nottingham and District: 0300 330 5457     

Nottinghamshire Energy Partnership

Nottinghamshire Healthy Housing Service (Part of Notts Energy Partnership)

Queens Walk Community Centre, Queens Walk, The Meadows, Nottingham, NG2 2DF  

Monday to Thursday 9am – 5.30pm,
Friday 9am -5pm

Offer a range of online information and face to face support. Provides affordable warmth solutions and grants to deprived households.

Notts Energy Partnership website
Tel 0115 985 9057

Healthy Housing; Tel 0115 985 3009

Children and Families


Calverton Young People's Centre (year 7 to 13). Flatts Lane, Calverton, Nottingham, NG14 6JZ Tuesdays, 6 - 8.15pm
Wednesdays 6.30 - 8.45pm
Thursdays 6.30 - 8.45pm
Fridays 6.30 - 8.45pm

Wi-Fi, plus a variety of activities available.

Refreshments available at various prices.

30p or 50p per session.


Community Coaching Company n/a See website A county-wide support organisation for families of children with additional needs (no diagnosis needed). Support for the whole family around the child, 1-1 & group online and real time support and signposting sessions; peer to peer online support & signposting group; plus a range of accessible family activities around the county.  


Contact Maria 07967 456350 or Dani - 079705 33556 via WhatsApp or SMS.

Children's Centres Arnbrook, Netherfield, Killisick and Calverton Monday - Friday, various times A range of free sessions for parents and children.

Arnbrook 0115 977 3752,

Netherfield 0115 977 3751


Gedling Play Forum Wollaton Avenue Community Centre Gedling, Nottingham NG4 4HX

Tuesday 10am – 4pm, Thursday 10am - 5.30pm.

First Saturday of each month, 10am - 1pm (unless there is a play event on)

Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support.

Annual membership for Gedling families: £5.

Scrap baskets: £4 and £6.

0115 956 0673

Little Lambs Baby & Toddler Group Good Shepherd Church Parish Social Centre, Thackerays Lane,
Woodthorpe, Nottingham, NG5 4HT
Mondays, 10am - 12pm (Term Time only)

A safe and fun social setting. Local guests each week, who offer free trials, services or information which is relevant to young families.

Refreshments available.

Entry: £4 for up to two adults and two children (from the same family), additional people: 50p each.

Little Lambs (

Tel: 07722 486356

Newstead Young People's Centre   

Juniors (years 6, 7 and 8); Wednesdays 6 - 8pm

Outreach in the community; Thursdays 6 to 8pm

Free and low cost social and recreational activities and advice and information from trained youth workers.

Tel 07971 792 694


NHS Healthy Start Scheme - Help to Buy Food and Milk    

Free under certain criteria. Apply by email or phone.

Get help to buy food and milk (Healthy Start)

Tel: 0300 330 7010 (8am to 6pm Monday to Friday,except public holidays)


Nottingham Sea Cadets Waterside Way, Colwick, Nottingham, NG2 4DP Sea Cadets (12-18): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6.45 - 9.15pm
Junior Cadets (10-12): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6.45 - 9.15pm
Royal Marines Cadets (13-18): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6.45 - 9.15pm

A range of different activities: sailing, windsurfing and powerboating, rock climbing, camping, music and much more. Plus, cadets are able to gain different qualifications.

Small subscription fee.

Tel: 0115 958 0528


Nottinghamshire County Council

- Free Schools Meals 

-School Clothing


    To apply, contact the customer services team. 

Financial support | Nottinghamshire County Council

Tel: 0300 500 8080 (Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 5pm)

Positively Empowered Kids online Free and low cost activities - visit the website for information.

Educate, empower and inspire children and families to be proactive with their mental health. They have an online Family Empowerment hub. They run free events, run courses and take children and families on trips.

 Positively Empowered People

RAF Air Cadets; Squadron 138 (1st Nottingham) Army Reserve Centre, Cavendish Drive, Carlton, Nottingham, NG4 3DX Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30 - 9.15pm (small subscription applies)

For ages 12 if in Year 8, to 20. Cadets get hands-on experience of activities and courses that will challenge and develop their skills in and out of the RAF.


Twitter/X: @138SqnRAFAC

The Salvation Army Parent and Toddler Group 99 High Street, Arnold, NG5 7DQ Fridays 9.15am  

Games and activities for toddlers and a chance to socialise with parents of children at a similar age. Refreshments available.

£1 per person.

0115 920 8800


Schools Essential Scheme St Timothy's Church and Community Centre, 43 Swinburne Way, (Off Byron Street) Daybrook, NG5 6BX Wednesdays, term time, 12 - 1.30pm. (Larger events in school holidays) Free school uniforms, shoes, PE kits, stationary, maths equipment.  Tel 07557 123 238, email
Senior Youth Group Loco Centre, 91 Victoria Road, Netherfield, Nottingham, NG4 2NN

Tuesdays 7.30-9.30pm,
Wednesdays 6.30 - 9.30pm

A wide range of social and recreational activities

Tel 07812 494242



Simply Sensory   Simply Dance, 376 Carlton Hill, NG4 1JA (entrance off Standhill Road, next to Wallis & Goodrich hairdressers) 

Simply Lights: Tuesdays 9.30am- 11am and  Wednesdays 10am -11.30am.

Simply Touch: Fridays 9.30am - 11am.  

Sensory stay and play group for age groups 6 months to 2 and half years.

£7.50 per session, refreshments included. 

Tel 07803 428571 
SKY Youth Club Loco Centre, 91 Victoria Road, Netherfield, Nottingham, NG4 2NN

Last Saturday of each month, 10-11.30am

Youth club for children and young people aged from 8 to 25 years with additional needs.

Tel  07817 634374


Tim's Tinies Toddler Group St Timothy's Church and Community Centre, 43 Swinburne Way, Daybrook, NG5 6BX

Wednesdays 9.30 - 11am (term time only)

Various types of equipment to play with and a chance for parents and children to socialise and have fun in a safe setting.

Refreshments and fruit are available (small charge).

0115 916 3586
The Wolfpack Project Sherwood Business Centre, 616a-618a Mansfield Road, Sherwood, NG5 2GA

Various days/times

All groups are on Eventbrite, including Arts and Crafts, Board Games, Coffee Groups, Wellbeing sessions and social groups.

Refreshments available.

The Wolfpack Project Events | Eventbrite

T: 0115 648 5181


Young Carers Notts 54A, Nottingham Road, Mansfield, NG18 1BN

Young carers, parents, carers and professionals can refer into the service. Please complete the online referral form on the website.

A free confidential service that supports young carers aged 5-17 living in Nottinghamshire. The service offers young carers a one-stop-shop to join group sessions, access short breaks, socialise with other young carers, take part in fun activities and access advice support to help them in their care role.

T: 0115 824 8824 (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday)


WhatsApp: 07860 957 660


CT4N Transport Easylink (Dial A Ride) Sherwood Bus Garage, Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 2JN Fully accessible minibus service, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria. Supporting passengers who find the main bus and tram network difficult to use. Journey availability 08:00am - 5:00pm, bar weekends BH's.

Easy Link Booking line open 8.30am- 12noon, Monday to Friday. Call 0115 969 1801. Press 1 for Transport. Text 07889 661950.                        

Rushcliffe Community & Voluntary Service: Transport The Cotgrave Hub, Rivermead, Cotgrave, Nottingham, NG12 3UQ

Rushcliffe and Gedling driver service is for older people in poor health, unemployed people and those who don’t have access to public transport.  

Plus+ volunteers help with a range of activities including shopping, social events and accompanying you to a doctor’s appointment.

Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm, call 0115 969 9060. Press 1 for Transport.

Gedling Borough Council Support

We offer a range of support through our Council Tax Reduction Scheme.

Benefit calculator - Gedling Borough Council

Help with paying housing costs - Gedling Borough Council

Apply for housing benefit/council tax reduction - Gedling Borough Council

Are you at risk of losing your home? - Gedling Borough Council

Gedling Borough Council Customer Services outreach sessions offer a wide range of help with Housing and Council Tax benefits, housing support and housing conditions, support with issues paying council tax and environmental health issues, anti–social behaviour problems and more:

  • Bestwood Miners Welfare: Wednesdays 10am - 4pm
  • Calverton Core Centre: Thursdays 9am - 3pm
  • Carlton Methodist Church: Tuesdays 11am - 3pm

Gedling Leisure offer reduced-price memberships for people on certain benefits.

Nottinghamshire Household Support Fund

The Household support fund is a one off hardship payment designed to help with the cost of living. 

How to Apply

If you are in reciept of beneifits related to pupils premium free school meals (FSM) or pension credit.

You need to be reffered by Nottinghamshire County Council. Call 0300 800 8080 or email


If you are NOT in reciept of pupils premium FSM or pension credit. 

You can apply via Gedling Borough Council. Call 0115 901 3601 or email