Financial and digital inclusion

We are committed to supporting you to live well in your home. This means helping you to access affordable food, furniture and school uniforms that can improve your standard of living. If you need support with using digital technology we can also help you to stay connected.

Schemes and initiatives

photo of a sofa Affordable furniture  

For some tenants, the cost of paying for essential household items upfront can be difficult without taking out high-cost credit.

If you are a new or existing tenant you can rent a range of items for your home at an affordable weekly cost, via the Sutton Tenants Appliance Rental Scheme (STARS), including:

  • two-seater sofas
  • tables and chairs
  • beds
  • cookers
  • fridges and fridge freezers, and more.

The hire of the items will be added to your weekly rent charge and can be paid for by Housing Benefit or Universal Credit.

If you are interested in the scheme please email communitydevelopment@suttonhousingpartnership.org.uk or call 020 8915 2000.

Household Support Fund - London Borough of Sutton

Vulnerable households across Sutton will be able to access the household support fund to help them with essentials over the coming months as the country continues its recovery from the pandemic. The new Household Support Fund will support households in Sutton through small grants to meet daily needs, such as food and utilities. 

If you think this could be you, or you know someone who needs financial support, please register your interest in the household support fund (opens in new window).

Debt advice

If you need debt advice please contact Citizens Advice Sutton on 020 3463 1913 or email debtadvice@citizensadvicesutton.org.uk. Their team of specialist, expert debt advisers can provide the full range of debt advice services, including Debt Relief Orders. Please note, this phone number is only for debt advice only – if you need advice on other issues please call their main number on 020 8405 3552 Monday to Friday 9am–5pm.

Sutton Community Uniform Shop

We all know how quickly children grow out of school uniforms and how expensive it can be to buy them. Sutton Community Services is in the process of setting up a free school uniform shop to support families who may be experiencing difficulties buying school uniforms. They are currently asking for good quality school uniforms for children aged 4-18 years. Unfortunately, they are unable to accept shoes.

If you have items you would like to donate they can be collected or you can drop them off at one of the following children centres:

  • Green Oak, Cheam Resource Centre, 671 London Road, Worcester Park SM3 9DL
  • Tweeddale, Tweeddale Rd, Carshalton SM5 1SW
  • Amy Johnson, 63 Brabazon Ave, Wallington SM6 9ET
  • Thomas wall, 69 Western Rd, Sutton, SM1 2TF

For more information or to arrange a pick up please email suttoncommunityuniform@sutton.gov.uk or call  020 8770 6000.

Access to food and targeted support

If you are an SHP resident and struggling financially, the St Helier Community Food Shop can support you to access affordable food and targeted support. 

For £3 a week you can receive approximately £15 worth of food and household essentials, including meat, poultry, fresh fruit and vegetables, long-life packets and tin foods.

Sign up to become a member of the St Helier Community Food Shop

Support with digital technology

We want our residents to feel supported and confident to be able to use services online. 

Our monthly Tech and Tea workshops can help you if you need support with things like learning how to use the internet safely, online shopping, setting up email accounts, basic digital skills and much more.

Even if you don't have a device you can still come along and receive help from one of our trained Digital Champions or we can arrange a home visit if you are unable to attend.

All residents are welcome.

Find out more about our Digital Champions programme