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Challenge Poverty Week

It's Challenge Poverty Week and we want to do just that.

Challenge Poverty

If you're struggling financially we have a number of services that could help you. Whether you need advice on school clothing grants and/or meals, help budgeting, support with benefit applications or getting into work, we have a range of services and initiatives that are here to help.

Since April this year our Money Advice and Rights Team (MART) has helped residents save over £3million by making and appealing benefit claims, reducing debt, supporting budgeting.

Don't suffer alone, get in touch and we'll do all we can to help. For more information on any of the services available, contact our Customer Service Centre on 0141 577 3000 or email

There are also a number of other organisations in East Renfrewshire that could help you, we have outlined details of a number of these below

Council Services:

Benefits/social security

We provide a range of information about benefit entitlement, be it: health related; redundancy; retirement and pension; death and bereavement; housing; children; cold weather or winter fuel payments.

The Scottish Government's website also provides information on benefits, funds, grants, and how you can find out what you are entitled to visit:

Money Advice and Rights Team (MART)

MART provides free, expert and confidential advice about debt, benefits and appeals. The Mart Teams can also help with Universal Credit and income maximisation.

Prevention Services

Prevention Services aim to protect residents against vulnerable situations and to avoid unnecessary personal and financial harm, through doorstep crime, nuisance calls and online fraud.

Work East Ren

Work EastRen help people aged 16+ in East Renfrewshire to get ready for, find and keep work. The Team aim to help our local residents find the education, training or employment they are most suited to visit

Adult Learning

The Adult Learning Service in the Council offers a range of learning opportunities for adults in East Renfrewshire. There are a number of courses on offer which can help with gaining new skills or qualifications, getting a new job, going to college or just building confidence with existing skills you already have.


Clothing grants, free school meals and Education Maintenance are available in all our schools for eligible families.

Back to SchoolBank East Renfrewshire provides brand new school uniforms to disadvantaged children affected by poverty and hardship.

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All our libraries offer free high-speed internet access, free WiFi, self-learning websites and many of the latest applications. Also available are tutor-led courses in small informal groups and friendly staff to help with downloading e-books, e-audiobooks and digital magazines.


Our Housing team aims to offer effective and relevant housing advice and to help residents make informed choices about which option is best for their budget and circumstances.

Our Homeseeker scheme makes our housing stock and the application process completely transparent.

Free Sanitary Products

Up to 25% of women have had difficulties accessing sanitary products at some point due to financial constraints.

To challenge this we've made a variety of sanitary products available across a wide range of buildings including Council offices, health centres, halls, libraries and sports centres, as well as working with partner organisations such as Citizens Advice, Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire and housing associations.

These products are available to everyone - regardless of their financial position.

Talking Points

Talking Points are local places in East Renfrewshire where people can get information, advice and support from professionals and volunteers about their health and wellbeing. Residents can also get more information about local groups and activities in their area.

For more information, call 0141 800 7850 or email

Children's sports activities

The Culture and Leisure Trust offer free places on week long sports camps and sports activities. To qualify children must attend an East Renfrewshire school and their household must be in receipt of Council Tax Benefit and / or Housing Benefit.

More information is available at


Partner/third party services

Citizen's Advice Bureau

CAB can help with debt and money advice, completion of benefit application & appeal forms, benefit appeal representation, Patient Advice Service, Armed Services Advice Project, employment advice and assistance with homelessness/evictions.

Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland offer careers advice and guidance for people looking for work. Whether it's for someone looking for their first job, a new career, or even if they don't know what they want, the team's friendly career coaching is entirely free.

Fair Start Scotland

The Fair Start team can provide tailor-made, one-to-one support for 12 - 18 months to anyone living in East Renfrewshire who is not working or in education.

Foodshare and Foodbank

Dunterlie Foodshare is about bringing food that is at risk of going to waste, to local people who would benefit from it. Anyone can come to the Foodshare. They don't have to be on benefits or referred. Open Fridays (except public holidays) at 11.30am - 12.30pm in Dunterlie Resource Centre, Stewart Street, Barrhead G78 1AL. Everyone will get a warm welcome, a cup of tea and a free bag of food.

The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of foodbanks and together provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty. East Renfrewshire Foodbank is based in St. Andrew's Church, Barrhead, 2 Ralston Road, Barrhead, G78 2RR. 


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