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As a Catholic school one of our most fundamental values and missions is to support those who are vulnerable in whatever ways we can; at St Paul’s we want to ensure that we do this for our pupils and their families, our staff and our wider community.  In the current economic climate more and more of us are feeling vulnerable and are in need of support and it is more important than ever that we all seek support, but also take advantage of assistance when it is available.  As part of our ongoing work in this area we will use this page to highlight resources or opportunities that may help some of our community.

NHS Heathy Start Scheme

If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk.  If you’re eligible, you’ll be sent a Healthy Start card with money on it that you can use in some UK shops.  To find out more about this service please follow the link here.  


Freegle is a UK organisation that aims to increase reuse and reduce landfill by offering a free Internet-based service where people can give away and ask for things that would otherwise be thrown away. The site regularly has furniture, toys, clothing and white goods on offer and can be of great help for those of us who are finding times difficult.  You set up an account and then can offer items for individuals to collect or you can browse items that others are offering.  You can find the Freegle site here.

Too Good To Go

Too Good To Go is an app- based service that aims to reduce food waste by offering ‘surprise bags’ at a reduced price from retailers and food businesses in your area.  Although you won’t know what’s in your bag until after you’ve bought it, the goods will be offered at half price or less and will help your pocket while also helping the planet.  On the app you can see which shops and restaurants have bags on offer and can see the price so you can select a business and price that is right for you.  This app has been recommended by several of our staff at St Paul’s and you can find more information here.

Children Eat Free

As we approach any school holiday some members of our community will feel the pressures of the cost of living crisis even more keenly.  This week we shine the spotlight on places to eat where children can eat free or at a reduced price when adults eat.  The information has been collated by Money Saving Central and is updated regularly so do check before you head out. Find out more here.  

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