Monthly Archives: December 2017

Warwickshire Local Welfare Christmas School Holiday Support Scheme

The Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme helps the most vulnerable residents at times of unavoidable crisis.

It provides basic and essential help for food and energy. This is provided either in emergency food parcels or with credit for energy. It is not a cash benefit­.

The Scheme also provides help to those whose needs are more long term, who are vulnerable through an ongoing set of circumstances rather than an immediate crisis.

This includes people that are care leavers, victims of domestic violence, former armed forces personnel, or those resettling in a community after a custodial term. Help might take the form of help in furnishing accommodation with basic furniture and appliances.

The Local Welfare Scheme will also signpost customers in the direction of other agencies and organisations who can offer help and support.

Some families who are struggling financially and are eligible for free school meals have difficulty covering the period when their children are off school.

This Scheme is therefore an opportunity to reach and help those most in need over the Christmas and New Year period by supporting families with the cost of food for their children over the school holidays.

The eligibility criterion for this offer over the school holiday is that parents are registered for free school meals (not universal FSM) before 15th December 2017.

The telephone contact number is 0800 408 1448 or 01926 359182. When calling, please make reference to the eligibility for free school meals and explain how you are struggling financially.

Applications will be accepted from Monday 18th December 2017 to Friday 5th January 2018 inclusive.

If you have any questions on any of the above please contact Leanne Silverwood on either of the above numbers of via email –warwickshirelocalwelfarescheme@warwickshire.gov.uk.

The Yew Tree Public House

 The Yew Tree Public House (formerly known as The Avon) is expected to re-open shortly.

Avon Dassett Community Benefit Society purchased The Avon on 21 July 2017 and appointed Steve Forrest as the new tenant in November 2017.

The pub which has been renamed The Yew Tree, is expected to re-open as soon as possible, subject to the installation of new equipment, minor refurbishments, cleaning and the delivery of stock and supplies.

More information on the opening date and contact details will be published as it becomes more certain.

A spokesperson for the Community Benefit Society noted, ‘Now that The Avon has been saved for the village it is hoped that the community will pull together to once again make The Avon the centre of the community.’