Sophie's Fund Uttlesford

Sophie’s Fund is a charity that aims to provide relief from poverty, as a last resort.

The charity supports people who are struggling financially and who are local to Uttlesford, providing small grants to help cover the cost of things like fresh food, nappies, gas or electricity top ups, kitchen equipment, prescription charges and medical supplies, clothing or travel to appointments.

Last updated on 29 April 2020

Who is eligible?

Anyone who is resident in the district of Uttlesford, where all other sources of financial assistance have been exhausted.

Grants are given for essentials. For example, food, gas or electricity top ups, travel to appointments, medical supplies, kitchen equipment.

Sophie's Fund is a charity of last resort. Clients are expected to have applied for all benefits for which they are eligible. The Trustees may recommend applicants approach other local charities in the first instance, if there are other sources of funds available, and will prioritise applicants that do not have access to any other financial support.

What we don't fund

Private school fees will not be covered. 

How to apply?

Individuals in need or family members can apply directly.

You may apply directly via an application form available to download from the Sophie's Fund website or by email: info@sophiesfund.org.uk. You can also apply through Uttlesford Citizens Advice by calling 01799 618840 or emailing: bureau@uttlesfordcitizensadvice.org.uk. Sophie’s Fund works closely with Uttlesford Citizens Advice and operates a fast-track decision making process for applications made via this service. 

Trustees will use their discretion and each application will be considered on its merits.

We are a relatively new charity and to date funds have been sufficient to cover all approved applications. However funds are limited and increased demand would mean we may have to refuse some applications in future.

Applications take about a week to process. The charity replies to all applicants, whether or not it can help.

Contact details

c/o Uttlesfield Citizens Advice
Barnards Yard
Saffron Walden
Essex
CB11 4EB
Email: info@sophiesfund.org
Web: http://www.sophiesfund.org/

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