The Covid crisis has left many people struggling, but there is no reason to feel alone with finance or food worries.

Contact any of these local free and friendly services for help. All of these organisations work throughout the year. Huge thanks to PCVS who have pulled all of this information into one leaflet which you can also download here.

Accessing Food

Whittlesey Emergency Food Aid works very hard to provide supplies for the vulnerable and those in need in Whittlesey and the surrounding villages.
Contact
If anyone needs assistance then please call 01733 752093 between 8am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. Ask for Brian Smithyman or Marija Lysak at the Whittlesey Christian Church on Broad Street.


We offer food parcels to those who are unable to afford food. In addition to be being able to issue foodbank vouchers, they can provide information and advice on welfare benefits and debt issues.
Contact
If you need support from Peterborough Foodbank, please call the FREE National Citizens Advice Line 0808 2082138 (open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm).


Peterborough Soup Kitchen is a local charity for homeless and disadvantaged people from in and around the city. Due to the current COVID-19 situation we are not able to serve food from our mobile van, however we are providing both food to the homeless housed in local hotels. In addition we are providing emergency food packs to individuals who are struggling to obtain food.
Contact
enquiries@peterboroughsoupkitchen.org.uk
or ring 01733 315456


You can join the club for £1 a year and purchase a pre-ordered bag of food every week worth approximately £15 for just £3.50.
Details
Call 01733 893361 for more information. Collection on Fridays, 9.30am to 3pm from Woodfield Park Community Centre, Normanton Road, Welland, Peterborough, PE1 4XE.

Please note that Family Action group are happy for Whittlesey residents to join the club, even if you are further afield than a 15 minutes radius of the Woodfield Park Community Centre, as it suggests on their website.


Our mission is to nourish communities using surplus food. We are currently running our Cook and Collect takeaway service. Due to government guidelines, there will be no seating at the venue and all food must be taken away to eat.
Details
If you would like a free, nutritious cooked meal, you can come and collect every Monday between 12:30pm – 1:30pm. Park Road Baptist Church, Park Road, Peterborough, PE1 2TF
peterborough@foodcycle.org.uk www.foodcycle.org.uk/location/peterborough-hub/


Anyone can access Millfield Community Fridge. We offer free fruit, veg, bread and other basic supplies. We rely on donations of waste and surplus food from supermarkets, food businesses and individuals.
Details
Monday to Friday 10am – 12 noon
Open Door Baptist Church Hall on Searjeant Street, Millfield, Peterborough, PE1 2LY facebook.com/millfieldcommunityfridge


Westraven Community Fridge

Our community fridge is open every day. Stock may vary.
Details
Monday to Friday 10am-2pm.
Westraven Community Cafe, 24-28 Hampton Court, Westwood, Peterborough, PE3 7JA.
Call 01733 330040


Our community fridge is available to everyone. Anyone can come and take some food, choosing what they want. Gloves and masks are to be worn (excluding sensory or illness issues) and you need to bring carrier bags as we are unable to supply.
Details
10am on Thursdays Paston Farm Centre, Freston, Paston, Peterborough, PE4 7XP.


Provision of food, clothing, toiletries and other essentials to rough sleepers, the homeless and those transitioning into accommodation. Regular provision on a Sunday, but do contact us at other times for help.
Contact
Contact us through our Facebook Group or send us an email on tbhphh@gmail.com


Little Miracles supports families that have children with additional needs, disabilities and life limiting conditions.
Contact
Get in contact on 01733 262226 or email admin@littlemiraclescharity.org.uk to discuss how we can help.


Other Support

Helping Whittlesey

We are collecting prescriptions, shopping, doing some gardening maintenance, providing face masks and a friendly chat service for our community this includes Coates, Eastrea, Turves and Pondersbridge. Recipients are usually elderly and self isolating, unable to have family visit to help them, or those struggling financially.
Contact
Deborah Slator on 07843383368 deborah@focusonfirstaid.co.uk
Join the Facebook group

Covid 19 Whittlesey support group

An informal community group. Recipients are usually elderly and self isolating, unable to have family visit to help them, or those struggling financially.
Contact
Join the Facebook group


Mental Health

Call 999 in a medical emergency. This is when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk. 
Call NHS 111 if you urgently need medical help or advice, but it’s not a life-threatening situation. If you are in mental health crisis you can access support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling NHS 111 and selecting option 2 (mental health). 


Many of us are struggling to maintain our mental wellbeing during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. You can find some ideas to help take care of your mental wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic, including during the winter on the Mind website.

Additional support is available here:

  • Lifeline Helpline – Lifeline is a mental health helpline for people aged 18 and over living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The phone line is available weekdays 11am-11pm, 7days a week, via freephone 0808 808 2121.
  • Samaritans – The Samaritans run a 24 hour phoneline, 7 days a week. via freephone 116 123. You can also email them at jo@samaritans.org and they will respond within 24 hours.
  • Heart and Soul Listeners – Providing listening support for people who are struggling during this time. 
  • Keep Your Head – A website that brings together all the mental health support available in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
  • CPSL Mind (Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire) has launched an online wellbeing service for people over the age of 18 called Qwell. Qwell provides a range of materials to support and assist people with their psychological wellbeing, including educational and self-help articles and peer-to-peer support via forums. Adults are also able to receive help from qualified counsellors via drop-in or scheduled online chat sessions.
  • Kooth – Kooth provides free, safe and anonymous online support for children and young people.
  • Centre 33 – Free and confidential information and support for children and young people here.
  • Every Mind Matters – Tips and information on supporting your mental health and wellbeing can be found from the national NHS Every Mind Matters site here.

Financial Support

Thank you to Peterborough Council Voluntary Service (PCVS) who have created an excellent leaflet to support city residents to access food supplies and debt management advice, shown below.

The leaflet aims to guide Peterborough residents towards a range of free professional support to help them take control of their financial situation before it worsens and, for those in need, to access emergency food supplies too. Translated from English into seven additional languages – Hindi, Urdu, Russian, French, Portuguese, Slovakian and Polish – it’s available online and in hard copy format at venues around the city.