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Other benefits


Community food bank

Nourish is a volunteer-led community initiative who have 62 volunteers who work to pack up food parcels for families and individuals to last for three days. Parcels can be delivered to your doorstep by volunteer drivers.

Nourish support people who can't make ends meet once they have paid their bills, and those individuals and families hit by welfare benefit cuts or unemployment.

Nourish can provide short-term emergency support in a crisis to individuals and families within the town of Tunbridge Wells, including Southborough and Rusthall and also in Tonbridge, Wadhurst and Crowborough.

Please visit the Nourish website for more information.

Department for Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) administer job seekers benefits, help for people on low income, death benefits, state pension benefits, carers and disability benefits. For more information, please visit the DWP website.

Free school meals

Free school meals are run by Kent County Council (KCC). You can download an application form for this from their website or visit The Amelia, Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells.

HM Revenue and Customs

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are responsible for administering Tax Credits and Child Benefit. For more information on these benefits, please visit the HMRC website.

Kent Support and Assistance Service

Kent Support and Assistance Service (KSAS) is available to support you if you are having serious difficulties managing your income or to help if you are facing exceptional pressures as a result of an emergency or crisis. KSAS is run by Kent County Council.

KSAS may be able to provide short term help if you have no other means of support and you need support to:

  • cope with an emergency
  • remain in the community rather than moving into care
  • return to the community after being in care or in an institution

What support is available?

If your application is successful, the support offered will be goods and/or services.

KSAS may be able provide you with essential:

  • groceries
  • items of clothing
  • goods for young children (such as nappies or formula)
  • household appliances and re-used furniture
  • household items (such as bedding)

Support is not offered as cash.

Please visit the Kent Support and Assistance Service website for more information.

GO Card

GO is a membership scheme for people living in the borough of Tunbridge Wells offering discounts at sport, recreational, leisure and cultural facilities provided by us and other participating organisations.

The scheme is aimed at people on low income who receive benefits or students who are 16+ in full time education. GO membership is free and valid for 12 months.

To apply please visit our GO Tunbridge Wells website.

All you will need is the relevant proof of entitlement and a passport-sized photo, either black and white or colour.