Last updated: 29 March 2023
Next review: 14 November 2023
Help with housing
Finding the right place to live is important when moving to a new area, but is not always easy.
Waltham Forest has a mix of accommodation including:
- council housing
- private rented properties
- owner-occupied homes
If you need help finding a home, or want to know your rights as a tenant or landlord, go to the Waltham Forest housing pages.
If you are threatened with homelessness or think you might become homeless, don’t wait, seek housing advice and assistance from our Homelessness Team.
In an emergency, you can contact Waltham Forest Council’s housing team
- Call 020 8496 4197 8am to 6pm
- or 020 8226 2631 6pm to 8am
Local housing forums are a way to meet other tenants and have your say on housing issues in Waltham Forest. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many benefits and allowances in the UK, some managed by central government and others by the local council.
- Attendance Allowance
- Carers Allowance
- Child Benefit
- Child Tax Credit
- Disability Living Allowance
- Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
How ever not everyone is eligible.
- GOV.UK's benefit calculator to see what benefits you could get
- Benefits, allowances and how to apply visit GOV.UK
Local council benefits
Food banks and baby banks
There are several food banks within the borough as well as cheap or free lunch clubs.
Local food banks and lunch clubs
- Charis Christian Centre
78 Capworth Street, E10 7HA
020 8988 0000
- People’s Kitchen
458 Hoe Street, E17 9AH
020 8558 6880
- Holy Trinity Church Pop Up Shop
Corn Way E11 4LD
07913 388 689
- Elim Pentecostal Church Food Bank
Hainault Road E11 1EL
- Rukhsana Khan Foundation
6-8 Greenleaf Road E17 7NX
- Sally’s Kitchen
Southwell Grove E11 4PP
- Eat or Heat
1A Jewel Road E17 4QU
- St Margaret’s Church Pop Up Shop
Woodhouse Road E11 3NG
- Waltham Forest Asian Seniors Club Community Lunches
Shernhall Methodist Church
Shernhall Street E17 9HX
The Lloyd Park Charity runs a baby bank providing free baby essentials like nappies, clothes and equipment.
Employment support, skills and jobs training
Waltham Forest is growing, with jobs created all the time.
Whether you’re looking for a job or want to learn new skills, there’s advice and support on hand:
- Steps into Work - help writing a CV, interview practice, training and job searches
- Adult Learning Service - learn a new skill with adult learning and work-based training courses in Waltham Forest
- Jobcentre Plus - visit your local job centre
- Work for the London Borough of Waltham Forest - view latest vacancies or follow @wfcouncil_jobs on Twitter
Get help to live independently
If you think you need support to live independently, whether that’s because you’re getting older or because you have a health condition or disability, there is help available.
Waltham Forest’s adult social care team help with tasks like cooking and shopping, and can provide equipment to help people stay independent.
The service can also help if you are
- caring for someone
- think another person is at risk from harm
- or if you are being mistreated or abused yourself
In an emergency, contact
- The Safeguarding Adults team
- Call 020 8496 3000
Mental health support
Whether you have a long term mental health condition and need to find services locally, are feeling low or worried for the first time about your mental health there’s help available here in Waltham Forest.
- NHS advice about mental health and wellbeing
- The Child and Family Consultation Service - provides specialist mental health support locally to children, young people and their families.
- Mental health
- Become a Time to Change champion - help people to think and act more positively about mental health
Anti-social behaviour or crime
Anti-social behaviour and crime can have a big impact on our quality of life.
There’s a lot going on in Waltham Forest to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime including youth violence, gangs, and violence against women and girls.
Remember, if a crime is being committed and someone’s life is in danger, call 999 and ask for the police.
Waltham Forest has a safer neighbourhood board, giving people a chance to have their say on anti-social behaviour and crime.
To attend a meeting or to find out more, contact the Waltham Forest Council’s Democratic Services team:
- Call 020 8496 4328
- Email email@example.com