Citizens Advice Cornwall
CAB can give you advice and information which is free, confidential, independent and impartial and includes topics as wide ranging as employment law, benefits, housing, debt, consumer rights, discrimination, family & personal, and immigration & nationality.
For debt enquiries text ADVICE DEBT to 78866. For all other enquiries text ADVICE to 78866. See the website here.
Counselling and Benefit Support (CBS)
CBS offers a range of services for those who need help managing their Money and Financial Hardship, Poverty Isolation Stress and Debt problems exacerbated by mental health as well as giving job related skills advice.
They work out of the Lescudjack Centre in Penzance, Cornwall Rural Community Charity in Truro, Wesley Chapel in Camborne and Disc Project in Newquay, and can be contacted on 01872 243547.
Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum
The forum features representatives from business, community, faith and charity sectors in the county to help shape the future. It can be contacted here.
Devon and Cornwall Rough Sleepers Partnership (StreetLink)
If you see someone sleeping rough, i.e. sleeping out in the open, in a tent, in a car, living in a makeshift shelter in the woods, sleeping in farm buildings etc, please let them know. You can tell us about anyone sleeping rough in your area by contacting StreetLink on the referral line 0300 500 0914 or completing an online referral form by visiting the website.
St Petroc’s, Truro and Breadline, Penzance
The homeless charities’ current operating hours during are Monday to Friday, 9-5, in Truro Resource Centre, and Breadline in Penzance. Saturday and Sundays they open in the morning in Breadline in Penzance, and in the afternoon in Truro Resource Centre.
Truro Resource Centre and St Petrocs Advice and Helpline is 01872 264153 / Breadline in Penzance is 01736 366767.
The Trussell Trust
The foodbank charity has bases in Saltash, Callington, Liskeard, Wadebridge, Newquay, St Austell, Truro, Penryn and Helston among others..
To see how the foodbanks can help you or how you can help them, head here.
The charity, led by Don Gardner and made famous on Cornwall with Simon Reeve, distributes food to those who need it most in Camborne, Pool and Redruth. They have over 50 volunteers helping weekly to distribute around 23,000 meals to over 540 families.
More details here.
The organisation currently runs two food deliveries in Penzance and one in West Cornwall.
The Street Food Project delivers a hot meal and a small bag of snacks and fruit on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 5pm and 7pm. This service is for people who are vulnerable or ill and can’t cook for themselves. Normally they serve this in Penzance nightly but because of Covid-19 they are now delivering.
The Community Food Store delivers to families and those in need who are able to cook for themselves, on a Wednesday daytime and the shopping is a week’s worth of basic items.
The faith group supports groups in tackling poverty and social conclusion and can be reached here. email@example.com and 07485 476598.