There are a number of initiatives happening locally to help people through the cost of living crisis from community hubs, to supper clubs and discounted meals.


Christmas holiday lunch scheme

Winchester Basics Bank are inviting families with school-aged children (who live or attend a school in the city of Winchester and some surrounding areas, including Alresford) who feel they need some extra help over the school holidays to register for their Holiday Lunch Scheme. To register for the scheme please contact Winchester Basics Bank directly.


Warm Spaces

Lots of community spaces and local churches in the district are opening their doors this Winter to offer a free, warm and welcoming space to come and sit and be with people. You can find the full list of Warm Spaces on the Warm Welcome Spaces website.


Free Supper Club at St Paul’s Church, Winchester

Every Tuesday between 5pm and 7pm, St Paul’s church in Winchester offers a free hot meal, plus cake and fruit to anyone who requests it. This scheme will run until the end of December. To find out more please refer to their Have a meal of us flyer.


Southern Water Essentials Tariff

All water companies (including Southern Water) offer social tariffs that can heavily discount a household bill. To be eligible for Southern Water Essentials Tariff you need: a household income of less than £21,000 (excluding certain benefits and savings less than £16,000), or someone in your household to receive pension credit.


Free activities at The Arc

The Arc in Winchester has a number of free regular activities for children and adults including Rhyme Time, knit and natter and language classes. There is also free Wi-Fi and public computers.