UHSussex Crisis Support Fund
Thanks to My University Hospitals Sussex Charity, the Trust is able to offer the following support for when staff find themselves in financial hardship:
- Supermarket vouchers for those in financial crisis of up to £50 per month for up to 10 months per year (assigned in blocks of 3 months if appropriate)
- One-off support for unexpected and significant items of expenditure or support for a drop in income due to unexpected circumstances (up to a maximum of £500 gifted in vouchers)
To ensure individual monthly benefits, income and tax contributions are unaffected, grants will be issued in the form of electronic vouchers. Depending on the need, successful applicants will have the option to choose from a variety of supermarkets or retailers. For specific services unable to be paid via vouchers (eg unexpected emergency dental work), applicants will be encouraged to purchase vouchers for essential need (i.e. supermarket vouchers for food) to enable household funds to be freed up and redistributed to pay for the unexpected expense. Applications are encouraged from any member of staff who is in genuine financial crisis.
The Trust works with Credit Union to provide staff with 121 money management support and advice. All staff applying for the Crisis Grant Fund will receive a follow up referral to speak with the advisor. In addition support, advice, tips and helplines are available via our Wellbeing Website. The website can be accessed from a Trust or home computer or via your mobile phone web browser.
How to apply
How it works:
- Read the guidance and complete the application form (for both the one off support and £50 vouchers)
- Staff members should complete the application form and submit to: email@example.com
- All applications will be anonymised by the fund administrator and assessed by the fund panel chaired by a Hospital Director (the panel will meet at least twice a month)
- Successful applicants will be issued with e-vouchers and will have a choice of a variety of supermarkets or retailers depending on their application and need
A grant from this fund is available to staff working for University Hospital Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, including colleagues who are predominantly employed via the staff bank. You need to be:
- employed by UHSussex either substantively or on the staff bank, with a minimum of one month’s service and UHSussex is your main source of income and work
- bank worker only: additionally you will need to have undertaken bank work for UHSussex within in the last six months of the date of your application
For any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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National cost of living support, advice & helplines
National helplines and advice
- Help for Households – support available for household, childcare and transport costs.
- Entitledto – benefits calculator to review what benefits you might be entitled to.
- The Cavell Nurses Trust helps to support nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants across the UK in times of personal or financial hardship. You can access their website at: www.cavellnursestrust.org or contact them by phone on 01527 595999
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- Turn2us is a national charity which helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help
- Citizens Advice (CAB) is an independent organisation specialising in confidential information and advice to assist people with legal, debt, consumer, housing and other problems. You can contact CAB on 0800 144 8848 or at: www.citizensadvice.org.uk
- Step Change is a debt charity that help people with debt problems to take back control of their finances and their lives. Visit the website for advice and to webchat at www.stepchange.org or call 0800 138 1111
- National Debt Line. Call 0808 808 4000 (Mon to Friday 9am to 8pm and Saturday 9.30am to 1pm). Sometimes debt consolidation or a personal loan may not be the right thing for you. If you’re struggling with debt or are worried and need confidential debt advice you can call the debt line number.
- The Money Charity, Financial Wellbeing + Financial Education. Call 0207 062 8933 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5:30pm). They proactively provide education, information, advice and guidance to people of all ages, helping them to manage their money well and increase their financial wellbeing.
- Overview and options for paying off your debts at www.gov.uk/options-for-paying-off-your-debts
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