Community support services


Here you can find details of help and advice for people affected by coronavirus and lockdown. This includes Council support and guidance as well as support from Voluntary and Community (VCS) organisations.

A map of voluntary and community sector services run across Waltham Forest pinpoints support in your local area. 

Food & Meals Click to get info

We have been collaborating with several primary partner food banks since the outbreak of COVID-19 to help get food to those who need it most:

Domestic Abuse Click to get info

We want to reassure all survivors that we are doing everything we can to support you during this challenging time. The borough’s local services are still working to provide support and advice over the phone or online. 

We’re encouraging all survivors to carry a mobile phone at all times if possible. If you are in immediate danger call 999.

For more information and resources visit domestic abuse support during quarantine

Befriending or support Click to get info

If you’re feeling lonely and would like to talk to someone, these organisations can help.

Financial assistance Click to get info

If you require financial relief or assistance, please visit our financial assistance page as we may be able to help.

Universal Credit claims

Call the Help to Claim Line (calls are free) on 0800 144 8 444 open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm or webchat for universal credit

Direct Payment Support Service call 020 3233 0279 open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm

Bereavement Click to get info

The death of a loved one is always a challenging and distressing experience for family and friends.

Information on guidance and arrangements following a death

Help and support on coping with bereavement.

Help with housing Click to get info

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and in line with government advice we have had to change the way we deliver some of our housing services.

Find help and advice for both council and private tenants

Health & Wellbeing Click to get info

Spending so much of our time at home can be difficult for many of us, for all sorts of reasons, but it’s important we don’t forget to look after our mental wellbeing. That’s why we’ve created a dedicated page with helpful resources and guidance on how to manage your mental health and wellbeing support during COVID-19.

If you want to keep both your mind and body active there’s plenty to do, learn and experience online.